To Be a Human Being by Deimantas Steponavicius

What is won if we gain everything and lose our Souls?
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Introduction: The following insightful article is spiritual and provocative. It asks the question: In seeking physical and material perfection, do humans want to risk losing their humaneness, their soul and connection to God; while striving to become a possible artificial creation, a humanity that only keeps competing with itself?
Soul Wisdom asks the question.
-Dr. Diane M. Rousseau

To Be a Human Being
by Deimantas Steponavicius

An insightful commentary on Artificial Intelligence (AI), and what it means to be a Human Being.

If you met, in real life, a black cat called Raminho, from the town called Três Lagoas in Brazil (the character from my Cat Kingdom stories), and realize that it was capable of rational dialogue with you about anything, was charming and well-read, you wouldn't leap to a conclusion that it was a Human Being. You would assume that you were dealing with a rather cultured, talking Cat. Or, that you may have had “accidentally” overindulged on some “medicinal” herbs.

Today we have the technology to produce machines that plausibly fake rational communication (ChatGPT, for instance).(1) But that doesn't make them rational, nor mean that we should conclude that we are dealing with intelligent beings that just don't happen to be human.

These are very clever programs and are designed to mimic, more-or-less, intelligent Beings.

If something is indistinguishable from the real thing, it must be the real thing (if it looks, smells, and tastes like a strawberry, it is a strawberry). But then, there are situations where the unique chain of cause-and-effect that produced that particular thing matters more.

We humans can be held morally (and materially) accountable for what we create, but Artificial Intelligences (AI) can only imitate accountability. We cannot blame AI when it creates gobbledygook, fake narratives or distorted copies of the real events. Soon a few individuals, potentially, may be able to control the planets entire digital store of global images/stories/memes flow (I like to call it the Global Brain), with a few tweaks added to code.

You could argue, that perhaps these code-tweakers will turn out to be the most compassionate, kind and wise of human beings. Maybe. Miracles can happen.

And yet, one thing remains unchanged. And that is the Human Nature, with all its flaws and unpredictabilities and these are at the core of each creator, of whatever code they may be tweaking. Some say that a human who wants to join the world of Artificial Intelligences will have to become a Human Upload.(2) If you can't beat them, join them.

If the end of the world comes, a human who wants to live would have no other choice but to become a Human Upload. Even the biosphere, which the Human Uploads may wish to save, would then have to be uploaded.

Looks like we're going to try to become Gods. Again.
There are those who believe that If we do, we may as well get as good at it as Humanly possible.

In the beginning it was a Word…
And then, more words that joined into stories, creating the world we live in.
From the chalices of my meditations, I drink with eyes only, then close them, and life passes by like a distant candle.

We've been assured by some that this life is a both a competition and a race, and that the winner is the only one who matters. The rest, the entirety of the world's humanity; all the sensitive and imaginative souls, are nothing but the backdrop for the winners to strut their stuff, until the show is over and the board and all the pieces are put away by the Greatest Player, who never plays against anyone but themselves.

I wonder, what the Greatest Player will make of Artificial Intelligence?

Copyright © 2023 Deimantas Steponavicius

Footnotes:
(1) ChatGPT is an AI chatbot developed by the company OpenAI . ChatGPT is touted to be a natural language AI technology that learns, remembers, adapts, and allows you to have human-like conversations, answer your questions, compose emails, essays, and computer code. It can write truth as well as fiction with equal sincerity.
(2) Human Upload: Mind uploading is a proposed process of whole brain scan which is then used to completely emulate the mental state of the individual. It is then uploaded into in a digital computer, rendering an organic, or birthed, physical body unnecessary.

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