|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
Having recently read the short story, I wondered if this was a realistic way of thinking. So as not to force you to read the story, I will summarize it: A scientist has the idea of introducing a new type of artificial intelligence, not based on the schematics of the human brain (the road all theothers follow in the story), but use the "blueprints" of the neural system of a certain species of ants (that does not exist AFAIK) which are able to adapt to changes immediately without having to wade through the evolutionary "fresh tar" that takes a lot of time (in the story, some of them are accidentally moved from a desert to a plateau a few kilometers higher than their normal habitat, but they start right from the beginning to use a new and for their species totally incommon kind of trap to capture certain bugs). So the man uses these and, heureka, it works. The author then contemplates the dangers of an AI capable of adjusting itself to drastic and unforeseen changes within split-seconds, thus rendering the human race obsolete, the new dinosaurs. Now my question: is this a real theory (the plausibility of which maybe has been already falsified or rectified) or just a very subtile way to warn the readers?
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