Positronically Yours


“Robot controllers double in complexity (processing power) every year or two. They are now barely at the lower range of vertebrate complexity, but should catch up with us within a half-century. By 2050 I predict that there will be robots with humanlike mental power, with the ability to abstract and generalise.

“These intelligent machines will grow from us, learn our skills, share our goals and values, and can be viewed as children of our minds. Not only will these robots look after us in the home, but they will also carry out complex tasks that currently require human input, such as diagnosing illness and recommending a therapy or cure. They will be our heirs and will offer us the best chance we’ll ever get for immortality by uploading ourselves into advanced robots.”
(Source: The Guardian)

Ten scientists name their biggest candidates for wiping out the human race.

As for uploading myself into a robot, bring it on! I’d love to run amok through downtown Derby, squishing passers-by with my enormous metal feet whilst shrieking my robot catchphrase, “FFEFFE A89CCF!” How that would strike fear into the ugly bags of mostly water! HAH!

Sadly, I think I’m a bit early for all that and I’ll probably have popped my clogs before mind transfer to cybernetics becomes possible. Anyway, as an ex-philosophy student, I should ask, is it transfer or copying? Where would *I* be? Looking out from my gorgeous, buff robot body or lying in bed, shitting and wondering why it hadn’t worked?

All of these questions have been probed by Greg Egan who is very probably a secret robot. But a lovely one!