(excerpt from our interview with Dr. Hugo de Garis)
Would an artilect pose a danger not just to all biological life on earth but ultimately all biological life in the universe?
Ans: It’s possible. If the artilects decide to convert all matter and energy into artilect material, and consider that biological life is so primitive that it is worthy of being sacrificed then that may be what will happen. There are lots of possible scenarios as to what the artilects might decide to do with the material in the universe. Speculating with our human intelligence level is difficult, if not impossible when dealing with artilectual concerns.
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It's very easy to get wrapped up in thinking about the possibilities for the complete transformation of the "Human" world. We must not forget that as our technology continues it's exponential rise, it is not only the humanoids on this planet that will be forever effected, but all biological life.
As of today we have several programs in place attempting to "save" one animal or another. These efforts would ideally be worthwhile, but at the same time data shows that the rate of animal extinction on this planet continues to accelerate. Forget saving the humans, the animals are just as much in danger from being totally annihilated by human endeavors, that we don't give it any real consideration. Yet, it is the humans that are consciously pushing technology forward, while the animals that "share" this planet with us have no say when it comes to the creation of the singularity. ~yet~ ;-)