by Regis Boff
If machines achieve a consciousness as most believe they will in time, there is little to fear except that we may not notice that they did, at all. Human beings have always ignored the smaller awareness in animals and periodically have slaughtered each other in war, treating each other like unconscious beasts.
I have many “friends” now in social media who I have never met. They exist as valued but untextured, non-physical beings. I write words to them and their words come back to me. Is it possible we are being guided somehow to a coexistence with this oncoming new consciousness?