On the one hand I feel so slow and stupid compared to our technology. I would love to have a module in my brain that can just DO all the things I ask computers to do. I would love to know what Google knows, and experience internet searches in the same way I experience my own factual memories. Being telepathic would be amazing.
On the other hand, I dunno if I want my BRAIN wirelessly connected to ANYTHING without a Faraday helmet. What if I can’t shut off the push notifications? What if the device can cause pain or fear or some other form of coercion, and I can get hacked remotely?
Right now it seems like the air gap and slow programmability of the brain is a feature, not a bug. Imperfect as it is, I LIKE a system with a bunch of umodified humans as firewalls, serving as bizarrely slow nodes in the global network.
Will the first commandment of the 22nd century religion be: Thou Shalt Not Directly Connect Thy Brain?
Edit: There are times when being merely human is so frustrating that I could scream. I can learn to do anything and am a universal Turing machine, but on a timescale so short that almost nothing is actually possible. I am 40, and my understanding of the universe is so paltry that “impoverished” is massive understatement. Yeah of course we do things through collective intelligence - no shit - but even humanity’s collected knowledge is starting to look vanishingly small, to me.
Edit2: and AGI doesn’t seem like our knowledge. It’s alien. It’s The Other. There’s no “I” in that machine, whatever “I” am. “I” am a very shallow (but massively parallel) neural network that selectively pipes its various outputs through the ludicrously restricted soda straw that is my consciousness.submitted by /u/Windbag1980