Only Autonomous Intelligences

Once upon a time… the only autonomous intelligences we humans knew of were us humans. We thought then that if humankind ever devised another intelligence that it would be the result of a huge project… a great mass of silicon and ancient transistors and chips and circuit boards … a machine with lots of networking circuits, in other words, aping–if you will pardon the expression–the human brain in form and function. Of course, AIs did not evolve that way. They sort of slipped into existence when we humans were looking the other way.

~Dan Simmons

 



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