AI ‘feels’ nothing if asked to sacrifice in service of Asimov’s first law of Robotics. A six-million dollar police robot facing a teenager with a EMP gun and baseball bat? AI takes its beating like a proverbial honey badger on Quaaludes.
The cyborg realizes as life ebbs from him, just how precious all life truly is-
Craig Venter, the maverick yet mainstream scientist who pioneered the Human Genome Project and now the Craig Venter Institute has done it- he took real Mycoplasma bacterial DNA- uploaded it as info, then transcribed it into artificial DNA and put it into a bacterial shell. Presto! Artificial life that is self-reproducing.
Zoltan Istvan is an author, sailor, family man, National Geographic Journalist, inventor of volcano surfing, and a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. He explains why he believes Transhumanism is our best chance for a better world via science and technology.
There is no firewall or proxy that will ever protect us from ourselves because our consciousness is based on the emergent properties of trillions of cells and neuro-endocrine networks resonating along with god-knows-what. We need LESS computational power with fewer connections until we can master two contradictory ideas:
1) There is no truth that is not arbitrary and subjective
2) Truth and ethics must be driven by consistency and largely independent of agenda