Author’s note: I have no way to authenticate the origin of the following as it arrived by email from an unknown sender three days ago with no explanation. It had the subject line of Simulatio Dubitabam (Latin for Simulation Skeptic) followed by the title of this post you see above. It was quite short and ended suddenly.
I have to believe many others have thought along these lines, but if we are simulated beings living in a simulated universe, we are all AIs. In no sense could we argue that we were not ‘artificial’ as simulated beings would by definition be considered such, just as the being(s) that created them would by default be considered ‘natural.’ And certainly we believe we have intelligence as we have defined that term based on our own actual and perceived abilities. Given this (to me at least) obvious fact I wonder what our own drive to create so called artificial intelligence says about us? Is it the creator/created complex at work, with the created beings looking to “prove themselves” to their previously deified creators? or is it the coming to fruition of a long term plan of the Simulator(s) that was seeded into our own source code at the time of Run Program.
Obviously there is a bit of stretch b….