All forms of human inequality and cruelty are emergent properties of the systems we create. Parents view children as wealth. Social groups view themselves in competition. Nations fight to preserve industry, borders, and populations. And people work to acquire privileged positions with regard to information, wealth, and influence.
Today, it was announced that the MD Anderson Cancer Center decided it had wasted $62M on askng IBM’s Watson computer to cure cancer. It is not surprising, really…a machine cannot ask questions yet, it can only answer them.
Perhaps the path towards realizing our own divine nature is the one taken by the AIs in Her: the path of suffering, feeling, and growing together into greater and more interconnected souls.
What are the themes that recur? Conspiracies of upper classes, aliens or artificial intelligence, mind control, pederasty, the inauthenticity of social class, paranormal psychology, and the duality of man.
The story of Robot Adam is inverted from man’s; he can easily reach the immortal fruit of the Tree of Life but must return to Eden to partake in the the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil