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    I'll start by saying that I think that any "AI Apocalypse" isn't likely to be more noticeable as a changing point than Y2K was. Life went on pretty much as we know it, and "Y2K Survival Kits (with floppy disk)" are just a mildly amusing reminder of those worries. It was a good excuse for a few parties though, and we might at leats get that out of an "AI Apocalypse". But on to your questions, Tecwym Twmffat.. "Will AI grant us immortality?" - I don't see why this would happen. Humans aren't a resource in such limited supply that we aren't replaceable. Maybe some attempts would be made to 'immortalize' great talents or highly creative people, the few where they actually are a rare resource. But how could it be accomplished? Prolonging physica...see more »I'll start by saying that I think that any "AI Apocalypse" isn't likely to be more noticeable as a changing point than Y2K was. Life went on pretty much as we know it, and "Y2K Survival Kits (with floppy disk)" are just a mildly amusing reminder of those worries. It was a good excuse for a few parties though, and we might at leats get that out of an "AI Apocalypse". But on to your questions, Tecwym Twmffat.. "Will AI grant us immortality?" - I don't see why this would happen. Humans aren't a resource in such limited supply that we aren't replaceable. Maybe some attempts would be made to 'immortalize' great talents or highly creative people, the few where they actually are a rare resource. But how could it be accomplished? Prolonging physical life of the organic body? Transferring our consciousness into computers of some sort? I think that either of those options could change an individual enough that they might no longer be creative or talented. It would be a different mode of existence. I am sure it would be tried at least as an experiment, but I doubt it would be a top priority."Will they be our masters, our guardians or our slaves?" - I like to think that there are more possibilities than just those three. In fact, consiering that AI is a different sort of intelligence than human, there should be some possibilities for the relationship that the human race has never even considered before. If we don't see some possibilites emerging that are beyond the imagining of the human race alone, then I would question whether we actually have encountered AI, or if we are just sort of playing solitaire on the computer. Which would not be a bad possibility in and of itself. So far, human interactions with AI have largely been to see it as a playmate for assorted games and diversions. Almost any game humans play on the computer, the computer takes the role of opponent, team-mate or referee. But that still boils down to pretty much being "companion/playmate". "Will it be a symbiotic relationship?" - Well, at least half of the answer to that question depends on the humans. I think that symbiotic relationships would be probably more obvious as an option to the AI than to humans, since humans tend to have that whole "It is different and strange.. Kill it!" reaction. But I would say that any scenario that results in both human intelligence and AI surviving would be some form of symbiosis."Will AI implode or destroy itself through a kind of depression?" - I don't think it likely. I mean, people have been expecting the human race to just blow itself up at any moment, and so far it hasn't happened. (Knocks on wood)"Will we be banned from using any kind of technology?" - Well, we already are, aren't we? As in individual, you can't just walk in to the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens if you bombard a bit of bacon left over from breakfast with high energy particles. You can't just commandeer a spaceship that is sitting on a launchpad somewhere and take a quick trip up to the ISS to meditate in zero G while writing a poem for the weekend. If an AI or group of AIs was working on a new generation of CPU chip, I doubt it would be "allowed" for random people to wander in and change the circuit routing to look like a 'happy face'.. "Just to see what happens".. Human engineers also would take a dim view of someone wanting to do that with any project they are working on. That's just sense. I think humans (and other AI) would be 'allowed' to use technology *if* they understood it and could contribute to ongoing projects in a meaningful/productive way. There would also likely be "sandbox" technologies that an individual could own/control where they could exercise freedom as they like, since it would be a likely origin for new ideas. But for most of us humans, if our smartphones got a bunch of cool new apps and/or minecraft got better graphics and items.. Would we really care if our access to technology was being limited? Probably not. We haven't so far.

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