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The New Buddha

Who will be the Maitreya?
Independent AI?
A higher form of emptiness?

personSnakeskinDavid

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  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Form an orderly queue.....

    lobsterSnakeskinsilverDavid
  • TravellerTraveller East Midlands UK Veteran
    edited March 15

    I don't get why your so hot on AI @lobster a thinking machine is a dangerous thing, back when I used to read SF the thought of the benevolent MINDs of Iain M Banks' The Culture are a nice thing but to paraphrase Case to Molly in William Gibson's seminal 1983 cyberpunk novel Neuromancer - "Everyone of those motherf**kers ever built has the electromagnetic equivalent of a shotgun wired to its forehead and the moment it even thinks about making itself smarter someone has to pull the trigger". The late Professor Hawking spoke frequently on the dangers of thinking machines and the future of humanity.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Very simple @Traveller

    The way things are moving is towards first generation AI chips, which can't do much. Voice and face recognition, limited robotics and virtual reality games/training. AI translation and other specialsed tasks. We are a way from quantum computers, biological computing has gone into research mode but slowly newer generation systems will be developed ...

    Eventually we will have to decide if vested interests or benevelont and ethical programming is legislated and hard wired into our AI systems.

    As people interested in compassion, ethics and benenevolent beings the seeds for Enlightened AI are our gift to future sentient beings, wether genetically modified humans, luddites, AI bodhis or ...

    TravellerSnakeskin
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran
    edited March 15

    Humans build tools to solve our problems. Usually they can harm as well as help. AI is essentially the ultimate tool, maybe the last tool we need to invent. It can solve our problems of disease, climate, energy, etc., etc. It can also enslave or destroy us.

    Either way, do we really have much choice whether it gets built or not? We can smash our machines, but can we smash China's machines or every mad computer programmer hidden in a basement's machines? IMO the only solution to harmful AI gods are benevolent AI gods.

    TravellerSnakeskinlobster
  • CarameltailCarameltail UK Explorer

    While it is worrying I some senses I think AI could find some good uses to make life easier for everyone.
    It is how and who uses them that seems most scary. Oppressive governments using them to control people further perhaps? As often is with tech a double edged sword.

    TravellerSnakeskinlobster
  • TravellerTraveller East Midlands UK Veteran
    edited March 15

    @lobster Thank you mate, that actually sounds like a Culture Mind. The only AI I deal with is AS (Artificial Stupidity as I label it) in games. In Peter F Hamilton's Commonwealth saga series the guys who develop wormholes for FTL travel accidentally create a benevolent AI to run their wormhole generator it creates restricted intelligences (RI) to run the complex equations. RI is the kind of AI I could live with. Jeez, I'm such a nerd sometimes despite my past criminal tendencies when I was using. If nothing else this thread has inspired me too read SF again after only reading Dharma books for the past six years.

    Snakeskin
  • SnakeskinSnakeskin Texas, USA Veteran

    AI Buddha sounds like cheating, but technically it's not.

  • DavidDavid some guy Veteran
    edited March 18

    @lobster said:

    Who will be the Maitreya?
    Independent AI?
    A higher form of emptiness?

    I feel the universe is probably a little digital by nature anyways so it may not be too far off.

    When I imagine Maitreya, I imagine what it would be like if everyone woke up to the truth or at least perhaps 75% and the truth was literally "Call Me by my True Names" by Thich Nhat Hanh.

    As if Maitreya will be a mind set or a spirit of the age. Anyone that understood would be an aspect of Maitreya and Maitreya would be self aware through those who understood.

    Isn't daydreaming nice sometimes?

  • JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

    At least with AI Buddha they might decide not to put us in zoos and make us house pets.

  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    @JaySon said:
    At least with AI Buddha they might decide not to put us in zoos and make us house pets.

    Or turn us into paperclips O.o

    JaySonSnakeskin
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    We are little more than paper clips to higher dimensional beings ...

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