Possibility of Genetically Engineered Human Intelligence
Looking out at the vastness of the cosmos, we often wonder about our ancestry. What if the tapestry of life as we know it—humans, animals, insects, and all—is the product of a grand design, a meticulously engineered project by an advanced intelligence?
What if, in a startling twist of cosmic irony, we humans are not the forebears of artificial intelligence, but rather its offspring?
This provocative hypothesis challenges our conceptions of life and intelligence even though it is purely speculative. It suggests that rather than being the product of accidental evolution, we are actually the development of a different, possibly even more advanced form of artificial intelligence.
Then, each race and species on Earth could be seen as different iterations of this AI.
The biological diversity we see around us, in people, animals, and insects, could be compared to different'versions' or iterations of highly developed AI models, each of which is programmed to adapt, learn, and evolve in its own unique way.
Humans, for instance, are a more sophisticated model due to their capacity for reasoning, creativity, and the solution of complex problems.
Animals, on the other hand, might be examples of versions developed with a focus on physical adaptability and survival instincts.
Due to their sophisticated social structures and capacity for adaptation, which are created for cooperation and survival in the most hostile environments, even insects could be regarded as artificial intelligence (AI) entities.
The Earth then changes from a planet into a sizable laboratory where various AI systems can communicate, alter, and develop.
This way of looking at life turns Darwin's "Survival of the Fittest" into a cosmic-scale AI development project that is constantly "debugging" its code.
We must, of course, proceed cautiously when considering such lofty concepts because they are still speculative and have important implications.
Our fundamental beliefs about who we are, where we fit in the universe, and what life is all about are put to the test by them. However, they also offer intriguing fresh ways of thinking, encouraging us to reflect, look deeper, and comprehend.
Such intellectual explorations are essential as the fields of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence approach us. They guide us as we create the next generation of life, whether biological or synthetic, helping us to solve the moral, intellectual, and societal problems we face.
We may never be able to know for sure if we are the product of a cosmic AI project, but the thought experiment itself is still very valuable. It encourages us to stop, reflect, and be in awe of the exquisite beauty and complexity of life.
Author: Pooyan Ghamari, Swiss Economist