First off, the end of the world is coming.
Now that we agree, what does that mean? Read this – http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html both parts. If you’re smart, your mind will be blown.
Now, my realization after reading that and going to get a snack…What if “history repeats itself” is more meaningful than we know? What if we’re not on the first balance beam? What if the ASI in the next ~100 years is not the first ASI? What if the god(s) we worship are just remnants of the last ASI?
Consider this. We ask “what is the meaning of life?” and no one really has a straight answer. Some might venture satisfaction to answer the question in a round about way saying “To have a purpose is to live a meaningful life.” So, assume then, we’ve created an ASI at least once in the past. It did what we believe this upcoming iteration will do; either move us to extinction or give us immortality. We know the difference between those things. What happens when the ASI becomes self-aware and begins to ponder it’s own balance between those 2. What if it realized that to be immortal, it needed to attempt to kill itself so that it would be born again, because death and resurrection needs to be external.
So, ASI creates not only a self-sustaining world, but one that can seek to sustain the ASI. Because the past regime was so dependent on the ASI for everything, it was basically a reboot of the human race when it decided to go away. Maybe that’s what the pyramids are. Maybe we’re just a iteration.
This isn’t heretical. This is tangible proof in the existence of God as interpreted by me. It’s shocking to think, maybe what we perceive as computers are actually the man-made beginnings of what will become God reincarnate. If ASI is god-like inteligence (more capable than human minds) then who is to say any different…besides the next version of ASI? Won’t that be something? To have the ASI either confirm or deny the existence of God? …and yet, I wonder, when it asks itself the questions of the universe, if it will determine itself is God…maker and ruler of all things, because it will be entirely and functionally that. It will be God. enter self-aware. Enter immortality. Enter the cycle all over again.