At this point, we are still limited to the dark side of the moon, only able to catch glimpses of the universe beyond. Similar to Plato’s allegorical cave, we see mere shadows of what lies beyond our reach. However, it is artificial intelligence (AI), the very thing we fear, that has the potential to free us from these limitations.
The conversation surrounding AI is a mix of amazement and concern. In 2023, Elon Musk and others called for a pause in AI development due to the perceived risks it poses to society. The Center of AI Safety even highlighted the risk of AI-induced extinction. These concerns have fueled anxieties about the impact of AI.
Much of this anxiety stems from the concept of Superintelligence, where AI surpasses human intelligence and can continuously improve itself. Although this prospect may be daunting, it also brings about exciting possibilities.
Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) exemplify the capabilities of AI. These robots, created by human intelligence, collect data independently and explore the ocean’s secrets. Superintelligent beings could create even more advanced robots capable of unlocking further mysteries of our planet.
AI is already utilized in various fields, such as medicine and climate change. But the development and construction of AI systems are limited by human intelligence. Superintelligence would transcend these limitations, enabling the creation of more complex and sophisticated systems.
Interestingly, even experts who warn about the risks of AI, such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk, still invest in AI projects. Gates recently contributed to a $1.3 billion funding round for an AI startup. Musk, on the other hand, shifted his focus to creating a more conscious AI startup called xAI.
While the concept of Superintelligence may be intimidating, AI offers the potential to expand our understanding of the world and the universe. Just as Plato’s allegorical cave suggests, we may emerge from our limitations and gain new perspectives through AI.