Re: Hawking on AI dominance

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Sep 02 2001 - 09:26:39 MDT

From: "Tim Maroney" <>
> Superstar physicist Stephen Hawking is advocating the creation of
> human-machine hybrids in order to reduce the risk of separate artificial
> intelligences taking over the world.

The article is quite short, but Hawking evidently advocated genetic
engineering more than cyborginization.

<<In an interview released Saturday with the newsmagazine Focus, Hawking said
science could increase the complexity of DNA and ``improve'' human beings.
He conceded that it would be a long process, ``but we should follow this road
if we want biological systems to remain superior to electronic ones.''
``We must develop as quickly as possible technologies that make possible a
direct connection between brain and computer, so that artificial brains
contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it,'' Hawking said. >>

How sad...
another great brain succumbs to the myth of the monstrous machine.
The fact that genetic engineering can't possibly keep up with the evolution of
machine intelligence apparently escaped Hawking's notice. He also ignored that
electronic systems can become biological ones, completely independent of
organic chemistry. The flaw in Hawking's advocacy of human intelligence over
artificial brains is screamingly obvious in that Hawking's human intelligence
itself failed to recognize and acknowledge the faster timeline of AI (compared
to improving humans by increasing the complexity of DNA).

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego

     Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
     but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
     (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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