Stephen hawking saves humanity

DNA-enhanced humans must become more intelligent in order not to cede world domination to computers

Stephen Hawking racks his superintelligent head at present over the fate of mankind. Auf Grund einer kleinen imaginaren Reise in die Zukunft sieht Hawking die Gefahr, dass Computer die Welt ubernehmen konnten.

Now, this fear is not too original after myriads of sci-fis that have discussed the nightmare in every conceivable way, but Hawking at least has a highly practical recipe ready to counter this threat in a cunning way – according to Albert Einstein’s formula "Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them". People need to get smarter. This is an idea that has its humane charm even beyond the supposed threat of mega-smart computers. But the scientist’s appeal is not directed at desolate educational institutions, such as the hopelessly antiquated operation of the alma mater, but directly at the life sciences.

Hawking makes a case for selectively altering the genome to increase and improve the complexity of DNA. While here in Germany Sloterdijk’s rather diffuse excursions into the human park and an unsettled stem cell research draw the lots for occidental doom, ethical cloudbursts and the collected protests of all do-gooders, Hawking unceremoniously and seemingly scot-free pleads for the intellectual reconstruction of the beleaguered human brain. The time-traveling holder of the Newton chair is fully aware of the difficulty of his project. This could take several generations, but it would be the only viable solution if biological systems wanted to remain superior to electronic systems. The biosopher confided to FOCUS that he considers the danger of the world being taken over by artificial intelligence to be very real if chips continue to develop so miraculously.

Seems that the "HAL Syndrome" now also unfolded its infectious effects in Cambridge with a time delay. HAL, the supercomputer from Kubrick’s 2001, already had to experience what it means to mess with power-conscious people. The savior of mankind at that time, astronaut Dave Bowman, was however – purely dna-technically regarded – not more intelligent than HAL. He simply robbed the artificial intelligence of its electronic lifeblood. It’s that simple: "Listen up, Dave. I was afraid." HAL`s intelligente Ressourcen reduzierten sich dann auf das erste Lied, das ihm seine menschlichen Schopfer einspeisten: "I am half crazy" (In German translation he trallert "Hanschen small") – and thus very humanly and heartrendingly blessed the temporal.

Maybe Stephen Hawking would spare us his wet research excursions into the future war of the genetically pimped wetware against the devilish software, if he would still accept a bioscientific teaching assignment. Because the rupturability of the human brain was allowed to represent beyond ethical expectations biotechnically a most dubious enterprise. Da qualt furthermore "MooreĊ½s Law" of the transistor doubling on the chips every 12 to 24 months, which may also find its natural end, but then, according to Ray Kurzweil, was replaced by a new paradigm of exponential growth.

Maybe it could defuse Hawking’s visions of terror, if he would not take the beneficial world domination of man too seriously. If computers were one day really more intelligent than humans, this could also benefit their human global planning for the next millennium. But in Hawking’s universe, highly intelligent computers are probably half crazy, neurotically aggressive and will then unrestrainedly subjugate humans to become machine slaves – for example with the lifelong imposed torment of regularly renting science fiction horror stories from the city’s video store. But then save yourself. "Listen up, Stephen. I am afraid."

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