Dr Hugo de garis has agreed to answer a couple of our questions.
I wanted to explore some ideas i had based on my blog entry Rise of the artilects.
This is a copy of the final email i sent to the professor.
I will post hes response to this email on the blog..
Dear Prof. Dr. de Garis,
This is a long list of questions. By no means should you feel obligated to answer all of them. Feel free to pick and choose individual questions that you find compelling, and give a brief answer to each. If you would rather, write up a general response to all of them in a short essay that would be ok as well. Thank you very much for your response. We will post your answers to http://www.Transalchemy.com If you would ever like to do an audio interview with TransAlchemy we would be grateful.
1-Is the creation of artilects inevitable?
1b If so would the ultimate fate of the universe be one giant intelligent being?
2 If artilects are godlike could humans be seen as their inferior creator gods?
3 Are humans qualified to build godlike machines?
4 Does the idea of being a godlike creator of A.I. excite you?
5 If the ultimate goal of an artilect is inhuman, then why should we humans be interested in facilitating the birth of artilects in the first place?
6 Will artilects create their own religion/conception of god?
7 What drives you to continue working on the development of A.I. ?
8 Would an Ai that is self improving and self replicating seek to reach the highest computational ability possible?
8b IF so would that require an artilect to consume more and more matter and energy as it increases its intelligence?
8c Again, considering the previous condition is met, would the highest computational ability that it could reach be based on how much matter and energy exists in the universe?
9 If it requires more matter and energy to compute and reach higher intelligence, would there exist a limit to intelligence in our universe considering that you can only compact so much matter and energy in one spot before it collapses into a singularity?
10 Even though the most efficient shape for an artilect can't be known what do you envision they would look like?
11 Base on Nick Bostrom's simulation hypothesis, what are the chances that our entire reality is already controlled by an artilect?
12 Do you see (brain building) Ai to be the new 21st century arm race?
13 If need be how can the humans fight back against the artilects?
14 Could Ai end up controlling our nuclear weapons?
15 Which do you see happening first, the creation of Ai or the creation of a unified field theory in physics?
15b If you see Ai happening first, then would Ai be the scientist that merges our laws of physics for us?
16 If humans build the artilects what would artilects build?
17 Would it be possible or feasible to preserve the human race prior to the creation artilects?
18 Could we not wait until we have sufficient computational power to create a virtual universe from which we could simulate the release of an artilect into our world?
19 Would an artilect pose a danger not just to all biological life on earth but ultimately all biological life in the universe?
20) and finally ... Do you see yourself potentially extending your life to oversee the creation of an artilect in the future?