All the intellectual discussions aside. This is the heart of the matter:
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I'm not afraid of AIs because AIs are dumb. I mean, they're called computers, but they're not even as good at math as Leibniz.
Mephistopheles. You at the end are - what you are.Originally Posted by Duschia
Put on your head perukes with a million locks,
Put on your feet a pair of ell-high socks,
You after all will still be - what you are.
Faust. I feel that I have made each treasure
Of human mind my own in vain,
And when at last I sit me down at leisure,
No new-born power wells up within my brain.
I'm not a hair's-breadth more in height
Nor nearer to the infinite.
Mephistopheles. My good sir, you observe this matter
As men these matters always see;
But we must manage that much better
Before life's pleasures from us flee.
Your hands and feet too - what the devil!-
Your head and seed are yours alone!
Yet all with which I gaily revel,
Is it on that account the less my own?
If for six stallions I can pay,
Aren't all their powers added to my store?
I am a proper man and dash away
As if the legs I had were twenty-four!
Quick, then! Let all reflection be,
And straight into the world with me!
A chap who speculates - let this be said-
Is very like a beast on moorland dry,
That by some evil spirit round and round is led,
While fair, green pastures round about him lie.
What do you call a human with two robot arms, two robot legs, two robot eyes, and a brain implant? A human. I'm all for augmentation, but it doesn't make you "not human" or "transhuman." Transhumanism is just a weird religion. People usually want their AI to be a robot god anyways, yet I seem to be the only one who thinks it's fitting to quote Faust.
Last edited by Coeruleum Blue; 09-25-2020 at 09:00 AM.