When Computers Get Smarter Than We Are

It's going to happen and soon.  I'm only hoping that computers will never be self-aware.

From Wikipedia:
Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. While consciousness is being aware of one’s environment and body and lifestyle, self-awareness is the recognition of that awareness. (my highlight)

If computers and artificial intelligence never become aware of their awareness then maybe they would have no self-motivation (Motivated to achieve something due to one's own interest) to dominate humans. Disaster could still happen but it would be due to a mistake in programming.

But if computers and artificial intelligence become self-aware beings then we could be in even more danger.

There's an excellent lecture with interesting ideas on this topic.  It's about 16 minutes long.
Here's the link:
Nick Bostrom- What happens when our computers get smarter than we are-

The lecturer made an interesting analogy about how the power of computers could turn deadly for humankind; the way Midas lost control over his power to turn whatever he touched into gold, even his own daughter.


  1. Yes, if AI ever develops consciousness, we're screwed big time.

  2. Scary points but well made John!
    Man had better be more aware of what he is capable of creating before it is to late~

  3. Humans must never allow machinery of any kind to become autonomous. Giving anything or anybody the ability to control your life is a dangerous dangerous thing.


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