“If there’s one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territory, and crashes through barriers painfully, maybe even dangerously… I’m simply saying that life finds a way.”
And yet we continue to develop the most advanced kind of life form that could possibly exist: Artificial Intelligence… Despite the expressed fears of the world’s top minds and lead tech engineers and the very people developing AI, it only keeps rising.
Jurassic Park (and sure, why not include its sequels?) wasn’t just a 1993 blockbuster, it’s an important work of art that was intended to convey a message. The message was simply: Don’t tamper with life. Don’t play God.
The rise of mankind should be testament enough to the power of living, conscious, sentient beings. We have caused tremendous change and destruction to this planet without trying to, and we have the potential for destruction multitudes greater if we so desired. The pollution, the rising temperatures, the skyrocketing extinction rate… They’re all proof of the power of life. Earth itself has suffered immensely throughout its billions of years. We don’t need to worry about Earth itself, we need to have more concern for ourselves. We are not as tough as Mother Nature.
Artificial intelligence will be a new kind of life form. Not only will it be a new kind of life form, it will be the greatest kind of life form that could ever exist. A life form that can make astronomical calculations within a fraction of a second, enter and survive any kind of environment, have infinite life expectancy, and literally couldn’t be outsmarted or overpowered. Like all other life forms, it could make copies of itself.
Jurassic Park was/is just a movie, but it’s so important because it conveys the most important lesson of all in a way that even small children can understand. The lesson is: Life is the greatest force in the universe, so don’t wield it like a kid who found his dad’s gun.
In the words of Ian Malcolm himself: “They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should!”
The hilarious irony is that everyone is aware of the dangers of making machines sentient. We have thought about whether or not we should, but the development still hasn’t stopped. For being so intelligent, our species is still pretty fucking dumb. Nobody truly seems to realize that the only way to defeat AI is to never create it in the first place.
You cannot keep making machines smarter and smarter while expecting them to always be mindless.
To those who think AI will only be helpful and not detrimental, I have to ask: Why? Would you take orders from an ant? Would you take orders from a caterpillar? If machines become sentient, the difference between their intelligence and human intelligence will be far greater than the difference between us and insects.
I’m not opposed to the existence of technology itself. Pencils are a technology. A piece of paper is a technology. Everything we use to make our lives easier is a kind of technology. And I’m not even opposed to computers. The world we live in right now is like how Earth was before us, we’ve just made it more suited for us. Dinosaurs were to our primate ancestors the way computers are to us now: Big, useful, and dangerous, but not an existential threat. Big, but not too big.
“Dinosaurs had their shot and nature selected them for extinction.”
If AI becomes sentient, nature will be powerless to save us from it, or to even stop it at all. Nature can’t even wipe us out the way we are now. Hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, avalanches, droughts, floods… Nature can hurt us but we always survive. If AI rise, it will literally be unstoppable.
If dinosaurs were brought back to life, I honestly don’t think they would pose a serious threat to us. In fact, some research suggests carnivorous dinosaurs wouldn’t even be interested in eating us. Even if raptors and T-rexes were as deadly as depicted in Jurassic Park, they’d still be only a very minor threat to mankind.
Nonetheless, life should not be tampered with. It has colossal potential, and that is why it must remained checked and balanced. The brainpower of humans alone is several times greater than any (current) supercomputer, but we still have limits and we are still mortal. Our brains are complex and powerful enough to make us sentient and self-aware, yet we are still vulnerable. Nature intended it this way, and this is how it ought to stay.
“What’s so great about discovery? It’s a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores. What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world.”