Who would disagree with Stephen Hawking, AI is dangerous. I also think it offers some hope for a chaotic species through its dispassionate thought. Artificial Intelligence has come a long way. It now performs surgery, drives cars, builds houses, grows food, but it will never enjoy escargot.
Ultimately AI will provide us an opportunity for evolution, we will be able to focus on life itself and find new meaning. No longer hunter gatherers or wage earners when AI does everything for us, we will become explorers of thought and space. We might focus on who and what we are.
Indeed AI has become the best tool in the box, even surpassing the hammer. Some say it’s the last tool we’ll ever need to invent. In truth it’s just that, another tool and only becomes dangerous by its creators hand. It’s a reflection of human intelligence, we programmed it. Indeed it is humans that are dangerous, we are so often at war. AI could take danger to a another level. Then again AI might inherit human goodness, let’s hope it puts us to shame.
As I’ve said I think intelligence is the process of association and like all processes can be implemented in computers. Consciousness is biological perception and so can’t be manufactured. It is the unique perception of a particular biology.