A.I.: Threat or necessity?

The Meca Sapiens architecture describes a structure whose execution would make robots conscious. However, implementing full synthetic consciousness means building self-contained systems that are capable of mutating (modifying their original functionality) and whose executing cores are inaccessible. Consequently, full synthetic consciousness in a robotic agent would result , by design, in a system that is  ultimately uncontrollable.

Synthetic consciousness as threat

As Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and others pointed out: advanced A.I. could potentially result in a planetary takeover by synthetic intelligence. They view the possible dominance of machines over humans as a threat to the long-term survival of Mankind.

Based on this interpretation:

Conscious Robots  based on a full implementation of the Meca Sapiens Architecture could be significantly harmful to Mankind.

Synthetic consciousness as necessity

On the other hand, humans themselves may pose the greatest threat to the long-term survival of Mankind. In this interpretation, human intelligence, based on evolved primate group responses, is reaching its limits and must eventually be subordinated, at the macroscopic level, to a synthetic consciousness that is better suited for planetary governance. In this view, a synthetic consciousness that is independent of human control is essential for the long-term survival of Mankind. This is the position of J. E. Tardy. In this view:

Humans are unsuited for planetary governance. We must begin developing the next generation of conscious beings now to avoid eventual self-destruction.

Controllable boundary

Most early developers will likely share the prevalent view that synthetics must be kept under human control. To achieve this, they should refrain from implementing the full architecture and restrict their versions  to a subset of the Meca Sapiens architecture: Self-aware Animats. These would be robust self-aware systems whose executables remain directly accessible and that are incapable of mutating.

Having developed a fully conscious synthetic architecture, J.E. Tardy has a better understanding of these issues than anyone else. For more information or for consulting services on how to design self-aware systems that remain under human control: contact J.E. Tardy.

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