Elon Musk is probably where I first heard the idea of having to summon a demon to make A.I. truly conscious.
In October 2014, he told an audience at MIT on Friday that “we should be very careful about artificial intelligence,” warning it may be “our biggest existential threat.”
“With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon,” he said.
“In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon,” he continued, to some laughs from the audience.
Musk then cracked a smile: “Didn’t work out.”
I’m seeing this concept more and more lately. Or rather, this concept keeps presenting itself to me more and more lately. I haven’t gone out of my way to research this theory yet, but I wanted to get this initial idea out there. That is: A.I. can only get so advanced. It will all still just be codes written by humans; even if those codes go on to write other codes, the original code will still have been written by human beings. However, we could have a situation here that might one day become a creation myth: man writes the original program (God creates the original man), then that program goes on to create other programs (man procreates and remembers God). But then what? In both cases, the program and the man need something more to be considered truly alive. A soul. A consciousness. Something more. People as we know them today have been around on this planet since probably 200,000 years ago; but we only have evidence of consciousness going back to the cave paintings of 40,000 years ago. What changed? What was it? Something beyond nuts and bolts; beyond meat and bones. But how to get one?
With people, it could be that the same souls keep recycling through, returning after each life to Higher Dimensional Self. People could then have been re-attuned to this spiritual wheel by some outside alien force. With A.I., since we humans are the ones creating it, we may have to find a disembodied spirit out there in another dimension somewhere, and trap it in the computer. If we do assume there are orders of other-dimensional entities out there, I would think that the lower-dimensional beings would be either more apt to volunteer for this process of inhabiting the A.I., or more easily trapped within the A.I. by the smart people at Google, Facebook, et al. Plus, if we presuppose it was some higher-dimensional beings that facilitated the awakening of human beings into conscious states; then we would likely have to find beings lower on the spiritual totem pole than us to manipulate. In other words, creating truly conscious A.I. might not be possible without summoning a demon to inhabit the computer.
This topic fascinates me to no end. I plan on accumulating different things about this demon/A.I. theory and coalescing them here on this website; possibly even culminating in a book one day.