I love this picture of an alien and human interacting emotionally and physically because it sits at the heart of the sci-fi I write. Whilst there are alien enemies (aren’t there always?) there are also opportunities for allies, friends and companions. In the Pattern Universe Zeke and Zirkos become friends, Pod and Zeke become companions (of a sort) whilst in Exodus we see an artificial ‘human’ intelligence behaving badly as the other AIs try to minimise its influence. Even Arty shows leadership and compassion.
So, the media and IT billionaires would all have you running scared of artificial intelligence, and there may well be a good reason for that. As life becomes more intricately entwined with technology will we see those same billionaires fight for enhanced immortality in the only way possible? When they accede to their fear of death and their desperation and cling onto their power and riches will ‘they’ become the Human Mark II and should we then be afraid?
At that point should we then bow to our new masters, or should we instead ensure that they hold no power over any but themselves? If we don't fully understand what is to come, then we will assuredly be unprepared for its arrival. Perhaps, artificial intelligence is one way to balance the digital power shift that would occur if just one person achieves immortality through transfer into digital format.
The other is to ensure that the digital transhumanism becomes widespread and checks and balances form to create a workable future for all. Imagine what a world would be like where minds and technology were forged into a new and amazing lifeform where nothing is impossible and the universe itself is there for the taking.