Egnor: “If we are living in a computer simulation, we couldn’t think to ask the question.”
As Denyse O’Leary asks, “Why is it comparatively easy to develop a program to play chess, as opposed to teaching a robot to walk freely?”
This doesn’t mean that people will not abuse the power of AI to hurt each other, and hurt themselves.
Transhumanists and other anti-human exceptionalists have been arguing of late that artificial-intelligence machines are destined to become so sophisticated that they will become “self-aware.”
Atheist astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes the idea seriously.