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Last summer, Musk described a synthetic invasion to the World AI Conference in Shanghai, China. “
Our brains will soon be (could be) overwhelmed by the digital mind. As robotics improve, our laboring hands are to be replaced by mechanical bodies.
Speaking at the same Shanghai conference, the pioneering AI scientist Richard Sutton argued that “technologically enhanced humans, and then AIs, will be our successors.” Along with many in Silicon Valley and communist China, Sutton anticipates the rise of artificial general intelligence (AGI)—a digital mind that first equals and then rapidly exceeds our human brains.
(Please note that Elon didn’t say he wants or supports that. In fact, everything he says and does on X.com and what he says in his bio by Walter Isaacson, who followed him for 2 years, and to me, is the OPPOSITE.)
This is the ultimate goal for Sutton’s former employer, Google’s DeepMind, as well as for Microsoft’s partner OpenAI and Amazon’s new partner Anthropic. AGI is also the aim of Sutton’s new employer, Keen Technologies. Naturally, the Chinese tech companies Baidu and Tencent are scrambling to catch up in the AGI race, lest Westerners create an artificial godlike intelligence first.
In time, Sutton believes it’s “inevitable” that cyborgs and AGI “will become more important… in almost all ways than ordinary humans.” “I think the reasons to fear AI are less noble,” he told his Chinese audience, going on to describe humanism as “akin to racism.” (!!!!!😵💫😲).
It’s a “systematic bias against AIs—denial of their moral worth and their first-class personhood.” (Say what crazy man?)
This bias is driven by “conservatism”: the “fear of change, timidness, [and] fear of the other tribe—where the AIs are the other tribe.”
Therefore, to realize our transhuman potential, we must maximize diversity and inclusion to stave off the ultimate race war between legacy humans and the AGI borg. A deplorable “specist” is on the wrong side of history.
In truth, when Musk said that human consciousness should be protected, Google founder Larry Page called it sentimental nonsense. He added that if consciousness could be replicated in a machine, it should hold equal worth. Page also accused Musk of being a “specist,” someone favoring his own species.
Gee, how awful to care about your own species. 🙄