Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Jaccavrie And Other AIs
"Laure had a brief, irrational vision of Jaccavrie nodding. Her tone was so thoughtful. She would be a big, calm, dark-haired woman, handsome in the middle age though getting somewhat plump..."
Poul Anderson, "Starfog" IN Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), pp. 709-794 AT p. 716.
So we can imagine a dream or a fiction within the fiction in which Laure does meet this big, calm, middle-aged woman. In Robert Heinlein's Time Enough For Love, which I intensely dislike, Lazarus Long converses with a conscious computer and imagines it as a woman. Later, the computer's personality, with enough memories of its former state to maintain psychological continuity, is reproduced in an artificially generated human body. In Poul Anderson's Harvest of Stars Tetralogy, human personalities are preserved in artificial neural systems and some are later transferred to newly grown human bodies. Virtual realities contain conscious simulations of historical persons. In Anderson's Genesis, human personalities are uploaded into artificial intelligences (AIs) and can be re-embodied inside "emulated" (consciously simulated) environments. Human beings enter computer-generated virtual realities in Anderson's The Boat Of A Million Years. In his The Avatar, a human brain becomes the conscious element in a human-computer interaction.
Is that enough AI for us?