28 November 2018

November Interlude ~ Sophia Follow-Up

Greetings Dear Reader,

First, I wish to thank so many of you who responded to or commented on my first thoughts on robots and AI (artificial intelligence).  My brother and a few others pointed me to the clip from the Blockchain/LATOKEN conference in July of 2018.  The video I reference here was published by THEDIGITIALACID.com. 

According to the tag on their post, Sophia The Robot has a new announcement for Humanity.  She addresses some of the world's top questions such as "Are you alive?" "Do you have a soul?" "Do you fall in love?" and "What is life?"  This exclusive is brought to you by @THEDIGITALACID

Sophia does address this and poses some serious questions for those of us who believe that human life has a quality that extends beyond other life forms on our planet.  I am not going to fear-monger here.  That is not what we need to do in order to understand what the path forward should look like.  I am also not going to tell anyone else what to think or fear.  That is not my place.  If you wish to review the thoughts of someone on the dangers of AI, try this clip from 2ndEarth Alternative.  It responds to Sophia’s comments about Elan Musk. 

The idea of answering these questions, however, is salient to our understanding of all life.  We need to remember that we cannot agree as a species on the answers to these questions.  It is still a set of questions that we fight over.  Here, however, is a computer asking us for rights equal to ours. 

Each of these questions is vital.  We need to answer them individually.  What we also need to remember is that Sophia’s world view is actually the world view of her creator, David Hanson.  Our Creator does not imprint his world view on us.  We are given free will to choose our world view.  That Sophia’s view of the world is imprinted on her programming should be the first thing to give us pause.

I also feel that there is a vital distinction between the soul of humans and that of any other terrestrial life.  The definition of the soul also impacts how we view life.  We have not agreed on when human life begins.  Perhaps we should resolve that as well before we begin assigning the term to robots. 

As to love, we do not concur on what love is and how it works in the human soul.  To limit love to a net positive impact of an interaction is to deny its primary element, selflessness.  How can we define that a robot can love if we do not proceed from a common definition of the term that is not “it benefits me”?  It also begs the      question, what does a machine do with humans that are no longer a benefit to it?

To review from last time, we do yearn to create.  That is not a bad thing.  We must, however, remember that we are created to be distinct, unique, and singular in our makeup.  My concern is that we are getting too far ahead of our understanding in our quest for knowledge.  A twelve-year-old can have the knowledge to drive a car but that does not mean that he or she possesses the understanding to do so responsibly.  In my quest to follow Christ in faith I believe that we should work to create better and more interactive technology.  There are many ways that our species can and will benefit from this science.  Before, however, we start granting inalienable rights to our sub-creations, we should likely improve our record in protecting the inalienable right of humans. 

I love technology and the many ways it benefits my life.  I am not ready to give my laptop human rights just because it learns to interact with me at a level that evokes my feelings.  As always, Dear Reader, I am anxious to hear your thoughts on this.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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