Designing human participation in the AI ascent

From: Jack Richardson (
Date: Thu Jun 28 2001 - 19:30:34 MDT

Although we generally imagine computer processors to be quarter sized crystals, the coming nano-scale era will be producing powerful processors the size of bacteria. Wireless communication among these processors along with small engines would allow billions of these to be consumed and spread throughout one's body. The coordination of this massive processing ability with the human intellectual functions would have tremendous potential. Initially, the primary function of these devices may be to do massive cell repair which would provide the body with an almost unlimited life span. However, if at the same time a sufficiently slow controlled ascent was being maintained for a developing AI, it might be possible to transfer enough of the emerging code to allow some measure of direct human experience of the AI capabilities. The enhanced human intellectual capacity could be periodically enhanced by improved nano processors as they were developed. Also, if access to the AI was sufficiently open, it might be possible to encourage the AI to suggest further ways that the human version could be enhanced. In this way, humans could choose to be an active participant in the transition to transhuman experience. A friendly AI could be guided to include this goal as a key outcome of its primary activity.

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