The meaning of “artificial” in Artificial Intelligence & its ramification on our future
If we have to understand the crux, meaning or purpose of something, the question that needs to be answered is why. There is a business model called 5W (Why, What, Who, When, Where) +1H (How) which can be easily applied to all aspects of our lives. All the mysteries around the world we keep talking about is because the question why has not been answered yet. If we find the answer for why, everything else will fall into place.
When I did my project in artificial neural networks as part of engineering course 20 years back, I felt uneasy about something but I did not know why. Again the why. I know now that what made me uneasy was the word artificial. Why do we call the intelligence we create as artificial? The antonym of artificial is original so are we claiming that our intelligence is original? Are we basically saying that we created our intelligence through evolution? The problem with this is, we are implicitly assuming that the creation of Universe was by accident and intelligence evolved within it with time.
When we create artificial intelligence now, it is because we have become intelligent enough to create intelligent beings on our own. So it is also possible that other intelligent beings may have created us as intelligent beings. There is a gap in human evolution wherein there is a quantum leap from Homo Erectus, the early hominids to intelligent Homo Sapiens which mainstream science has not been able to explain. More than intelligence it is intelligent communication abilities that is more baffling. In the evolutionary time span, such a big leap is simply not possible. Our genetic structure is 99% similar to that of apes so how can a mere 1% make us so different from them in terms of intelligence and communication skills? Ancient Sumerian tablets have helped unlock this mystery with the information that an extraterrestrial race of beings called the Anunnaki manipulated the genetic structure of early hominids to create us. Again the why comes into significance. They created us as their slaves to mine gold for which they had come to earth.
People might scoff at this as mere fantasy stories but again the why rears up it’s head. Why do we look up when we pray to God? Why is gold precious to us when metals like iron, copper and aluminium are the ones useful to us in our daily lives? Why did the ancient Kings of Travancore in the state of Kerala in India store gold worth billions of dollars in a temple in the name of Gods and why is it forbidden for our use?
What we need to realize and accept is that just like we create robots now to do our work it is also possible that we may have been created by beings with far superior intelligence to do their work. In ancient Indian texts, Brahma the creator of the Universe creates Manu who is given the task of seeding life across the Universe. In the ancient Sumerian tablets it is Anu who is the master of creation of life. Scientists and researchers now believe that seeding of life across the Universe has been happening through a process known as panspermia so then Manu (Anu) must be the one providing intelligence to different life forms. So the question here is, is creation of intelligent life forms a continuous process? If we consider that the Universe is a creation of an infinitely higher order of intelligence, then lower orders of that intelligence will have to exist within it’s realm for it to grow and expand. Spreading intelligence within the Universe is what must be helping in it’s own evolution. So the most important purpose of the existence of every being in the Universe could be the spreading of intelligence.
But where it gets interesting is in the way we have started fearing the intelligence we are creating which has spawned movies like the Matrix Trilogy, The Terminator series, I, Robot and countless other ones. Why are we in fear that the intelligence we are creating could grow out of our control? This is where I concur with the scientists and researchers who believe in Ancient Aliens theory. They believe that the Anunnaki could have had easily created intelligent mechanical beings for mining gold but they must have chosen not to for the same reason we are fearing now. It is not possible to create emotions in mechanical beings and the intelligence of mechanical beings can evolve to a point where they start believing and acting on mere logic and devoid of emotions. This is exactly what we are fearing now and what has already started happening. So the Anunnaki smartly chose to create biological robots by genetic manipulation of existing beings and they created us in such a way that we could be manipulated emotionally. The best example of this is, they must have created us as their slaves by controlling us through fear which would not have possible with machines and this could be why we still live with the fear of God.
So as AI takes center stage in all aspects of our lives, we need to look at the past and learn from our own creation and evolution. The Anunnaki did not make us as intelligent as they were and they left the earth a long time back, leaving us to evolve with the intelligence they gave us. They must have also known that two different beings with similarly evolving intelligence cannot coexist just like no two adult male lions can live in the same cave. If we allow AI to start thinking and acting on it’s own it should only be when we are ready to leave the planet to them and go away. A self sustaining AI will be disastrous for us for the simple reason that it would deal with us only on logic and our existence has always been more on emotions and less on logic.