Friday, June 09, 2006


Inside Higher Ed :: Bipartisan Backing for Science
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) did not propose an amendment, but wanted further discussion and perhaps a report on a particular aspect of future supercomputing research. Sherman said that, based on the opinions of experts, there is reason to believe that in about 25 years a supercomputer will be built that “exceeds human intelligence.” Sherman said he hopes that some of the future researchers that the bills would cultivate will be steered toward the potentially emerging field of making sure that the super-intelligent computers “avoid self-awareness … and ambition,” he said.
Representative Brad Sherman - speciest. Simply because a sentient being is made of silicon and wire and not sinew and carbon does not give us reason to deny them basic civil rights. Or indeed to thrwart their birth.

I, for one, welcome our potential AI overlords . . .
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