Artificial Intelligence vs. Bioengineered Animals
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10-04-2013, 06:15 PM
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Are there any interesting thoughts surrounding why speculative science (and practical) have been working towards Artificial Intelligence (creating an intelligent being from hardware and software) instead of manipulating existing animals to create an intelligent being?

I'm assuming there's humanitarian reasons, so then, is there currently or where there people or organizations dedicated to, say, making human level intelligent dogs or apes?
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10-04-2013, 06:44 PM
RE: Artificial Intelligence vs. Bioengineered Animals
(10-04-2013 06:15 PM)poolboyg88 Wrote:  Are there any interesting thoughts surrounding why speculative science (and practical) have been working towards Artificial Intelligence (creating an intelligent being from hardware and software) instead of manipulating existing animals to create an intelligent being?

I'm assuming there's humanitarian reasons, so then, is there currently or where there people or organizations dedicated to, say, making human level intelligent dogs or apes?


These are very, very different problems.

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10-04-2013, 06:57 PM
RE: Artificial Intelligence vs. Bioengineered Animals
Yup, and would raise a bunch of ethical questions... Once you start making dogs that intelligent is it ethical to experiment on them like that?

They have become sentient beings with our level of self awareness!

Also dogs have a short lifespan so that level of intelligence wouldn't be useful. It takes us 20+ years for our intelligence to start being used to it's fuller potential.

Developing AI is different though eventually I suppose AI's would have to be given rights also. Especially if we have the tech to upload minds.

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11-04-2013, 02:28 AM (This post was last modified: 11-04-2013 02:35 AM by Heywood Jahblome.)
RE: Artificial Intelligence vs. Bioengineered Animals
(10-04-2013 06:15 PM)poolboyg88 Wrote:  Are there any interesting thoughts surrounding why speculative science (and practical) have been working towards Artificial Intelligence (creating an intelligent being from hardware and software) instead of manipulating existing animals to create an intelligent being?

I'm assuming there's humanitarian reasons, so then, is there currently or where there people or organizations dedicated to, say, making human level intelligent dogs or apes?

Bioengineering human like intelligence is much more complicated then say bioengineering a goat to produce spider silk proteins in its milk. That latter requires just a small modification of the organisms genome. Produce this silk protien instead of this milk protien. The former would be closer to a complete restructuring. Build a bigger brain., make the skull bigger to accomodate the bigger brain, change the hips so the birth canel can accommodate the bigger head, etc.

When we get to a point where we understand complete genomes, we might be able to make those restructurings that would make for a more intelligent animal.

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