I’ve had a fascination with the future for as long as I can remember. I started reading science fiction when I was around eleven or twelve. It might have been Swedish SF writer George Johansson that opened my eyes to ideas about what life might be like in a hundred or two hundred years from now.
Since ages unknown, the human mind has been compared to machines. In the the 1700’s it was compared to a clockwork, the most advanced mechanism known. When the transistor was invented, an even better technological analog and metaphor for the brain was found. And so it has continued. Human brains and minds are constantly compared to computing machinery.
This paper attempts to cover and discuss a few of the social and ethical implications of artificial intelligence from a humanist point of view considering AI and its impact on humanity and our definition of ourselves as human beings.
Artificial intelligence, or the concept of non-human minds, has always been a source of dreams of the future for me. Not the actual makings of it, but the ramifications and implications of the creation and possible future existence of a mind that owes its existence to us.