In 2004, when I was studying for my master diploma I had to write an essay about AI. The topic was free to choose and since I was just finished reading a book called “Kind of Minds” that dealt among others with the arise of consciousness at humans I was asking myself whether the same process could happen with artificial life. Thus I ended with an essay about A-life, A-intelligence and A-consciousness. You can take it as a warning for the future. Albert Einstein, reflecting on what his work led to once said “If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.” We should make sure we won’t say the same. You can read the essay with few recent modifications here.
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