I have often thought about the implications on my own philosophical positions if one day an AI is actually created/born/emerges. While I happen to think the odds of this happening anytime in the next 500 years are extremely low to zero, it could in fact occur. In the past I have written extensively about the simulation hypothesis though I have not even touched on the topic in what feels like ages, at least not in written form here. That said I still often ponder it (typically the SH1 or standard simulation hypothesis version in which both ourselves and the universe are 100% simulated). See the link below if you are interested in reading about the other less discussed but just as interesting possibilities. Search my name and simulation hypothesis if you are an SH super fan, you won’t be disappointed I promise. Alternatively you will be very disappointed and I will have broken the promise I just made. This will cause even greater disappointment and…what was I talking about again. Oh yeah…

One thought that has occurred to me is that the existence of AI would actually lend support to SH1. This is because it will prove that it is possible for a computer/computing/digital system to generate consciousness and (human level) intelligence. Once this is shown to be possible it is only a very short leap to the conclusion that much bigger computers could generate a near infinite number of “simulated” AIs and use them to populate a simulated universe. If SH1 is currently true in the scenario I am describing we would actually be AIs living in a simulated universe supposedly on the verge of creating our own AIs. Digital life using digital systems to propagate more digital life inside a fully digital domain. Yuck.

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