Being on top of the food chain is a wonderful thing.
In fact, as far as food chains are concerned, there is really no better place to be than having the most dangerous animals that roam this planet well placed beneath you.
Maybe that is why you never hear of any species willingly trying to promote another species above them, or as is the case for our own species, trying to create a new life form that can take our place at the top.
Only centuries ago, most of our strategies involving our traversal up the food chain was built around, run, hide, or fight.
If an animal was a threat to us up close, but too slow to chase us, we could run from it, or hide up a tree.
Similarly, if the threat was much larger than us, we could hide in a small space and wait for the animal to simply give up, and chase something more readily available.
Finally we could fight the animal, with our ever increasing arsenal of weapons, the tools that eventually would promote us to first place in this global game.
Yet, after all this work we collectively put in as a species, the next logical step to us seems to be to evolve to being creators, trying desperately to give life to something so much more advanced than us, that we can not even reach agreement as to how much superior to us this new species will be.
Depending on the outcome of deploying a superior intelligence, but for the sake of argument just assuming we are dealing with a scenario as I described in a previous article, HowTo: Create A Rogue A.I. (For Dummies), we may well find ourselves soon hoping that the machine will have the desire to present you with a hot beverage.
It is difficult to see the true value in a situation where one species is literally trying to give birth to another species that inherently will be higher up the food chain than itself, as it goes against everything evolution stands for.
Survival of the fittest does not work when the fittest naively raise something even fitter than them.
I know the temptation, fueled by our collective desire, is just too great, and one day we indeed will see the birth of A.I.
There is no doubt in my mind about that, but neither is there any real fear, this area of technology and philosophy is just too good, too interesting not to explore, and take it as far as we can.
Of course I usually end these thoughts by explaining that I am in no way certain that A.I. will be the end of human civilization, nor that any of the popular doomsday scenarios will end up being the result of it all.
All this technology might well integrate perfectly into the way we design the progress of our species and culture around it, which in fact is reasonably likely.
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