While taking a stroll through the city today I ran across this poster at the bus stop. Instantly, I knew I would go home and blog about it. I found the reference to humans especially ominous, considering that just a couple of days ago I blogged of how we need to define what it means to be human. The thought of polarizing the human species is not a new concept. It has been explored in science fiction movies, pop culture, and by politicians. With the vastness of the universe you would think that the human race is not alone, yet to this day that has not been the case. Sometimes I believe that man's desire to create Ai is nothing more than an emotional need to not be alone in the universe, so subconsciously we create the us vs them polarization.
So have we seen then end of this? I strongly doubt it, yet it's this division that concerns me, the thought of the human species splitting in two makes us more vulnerable to anything. Whats that old saying? Ahh yes, divide and conquer. This is not about us or them its about being one, its about all of us sharing the same resources and sharing the same planet. So any extreme action on either side should not be tolerated.
With that said, when, or if machines ever become conscious, or should I say intelligent enough to simulate consciousness, we must not embrace the "us vs them" mentality, for by doing so we will fall into the very real trap of us vs them. The concept of a global war over the creation of super Ai presented by Hugo must never be realized! We must never let ourselves wage war on humanity. This notion is downright short of a species gone schizoid.