From: Thomas Buckner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jun 28 2004 - 04:33:00 MDT
--- fudley <email@example.com> wrote:
> HG Wells wrote the following lines more that a century ago but could be
> a realistic description of a super AI:
> "This world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences
> greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; as men busied
> themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and
> studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might
> scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of
> water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe
> about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire
> over matter. [….] minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of
> the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic,
> regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their
> plans against us."
> John K Clark
Yes, the phrase is somewhat famous, I mentioned it before.
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