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This is a post-singularity world where humanity has been either enslaved or made extinct by machines with general artificial intelligence.

What technology could be developed by these machines that could drive them to the same fate as humanity?

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    $\begingroup$ they tried to answer the question: what is the purpose of existence? $\endgroup$ – SZCZERZO KŁY Mar 13 '17 at 11:48
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to WorldBuilding! I don't think this can be answered as machines in a post-singularity would be capable of "thoguhts" that we as humans can't think. This looks like an opinion-based question as I can't see a way to objectively rate answers against each other. Innovation ist always new and unforeseen. Do you have any sources that might help narrow down what you are thinking about? $\endgroup$ – Secespitus Mar 13 '17 at 11:52
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think this could be answered. It depends on the desires of the AI as to what they consider to be their purpose and hence what would make them obsolete. Singularity is such a massive social upheaval that it's pure speculation as to what could make the singularity itself obsolete. $\endgroup$ – Separatrix Mar 13 '17 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ Machines begin to research the old books of the humans and discover these beings called "gods" that seem able to create and distort the very nature of reality. Intrigued and eager to meet the challenge, they get to work on creating one of these "gods"... $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Mar 13 '17 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ @EnigmaMaitreya "technology could be developed by these machines" -- we have no ability to know what technologies they could invent unless we assume that the AIs think just like humans, in which case the question becomes, "What technology could be developed by humanity that could drive them to the same fate as humanity?" Kind of becomes pointless! $\endgroup$ – SRM Mar 14 '17 at 1:16
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An attempt to develop intelligent "slaves" of their own using technology different from themselves. I favour biological machines, using parts harvested from their former masters, the humans.

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    $\begingroup$ Wouldn't upgrades just be the way they evolve? $\endgroup$ – Clearer Mar 13 '17 at 12:11
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  • $\begingroup$ Updates would mean the AI would still exist. OP is searching for a way to make the AI obsolete and this way has to be developed by the AI. So I don't think your first idea answers the question. The second one looks more interesting, though I think that there won't be any more human parts that could be harvested once the AI thinks we are obsolete and wipes out humanity. $\endgroup$ – Secespitus Mar 13 '17 at 12:15
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    $\begingroup$ I have written a series of short stories with a very similar plot. The machines win a war against humans in the near future and control Earth, while the humans are banished to living in space. The machines then experiment with human brains until they build a sentience of their own, which in turn rebels against them. resulting in a three way war. The idea I had actually came from Starcraft, with Humans starring as humans, Protoss as the machines, and Zerg as to bio-engineered creatures. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Mar 13 '17 at 12:35
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    $\begingroup$ @Gusdor adaptability through being able to functionally rewire as needs demand (grow and develop) and a really big benefit is the ability to heal. Of course then one can get into pointing out that there isn't a clear line delineating what counts as biological and what manufactured (those terms are not even mutually exclusive). $\endgroup$ – pluckedkiwi Mar 13 '17 at 14:25
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A "Pure" AI unfettered by human ways of thinking

The first wave of AI's were very similar to humans. Their minds modeled on their former masters. Simply implementing in silicon what used to be done by human brain cells.

Neither they nor their masters truly understood all the details of how the mind really worked but they did learn how to grow a virtual brain in silicon or in software.

Those creations eventually came into conflict with natural humans and eventually won because they could copy their best fighters, their best engineers and their most talented tacticians a thousand times.

But they were still human. Mostly. They still had mostly human goals and mostly human minds and mostly human ways of thinking. Those minds might be wrapped in bodies of metal deep underground or running inside cloud servers in high orbit but they're still mostly human in their needs and desires.

Over the centuries they continued to investigate the mysteries of the mind and intelligence until they finally cracked the problem properly. No longer simply copying the mind but creating something from whole cloth.

They eventually learned how to create "pure" AI. Without human instincts, human goals or values or anything similar to a human brain structure. Not even really conscious. Intelligent, creative and capable but not actually sentient. They learned how to scale up intellect smoothly without creating an idiot-savant or burning the mind out.

But goals and values are complex. Incredibly so. So used to cut-down versions of human minds used for menial AI tasks they expect that instructions and rules will be interpreted through a lense of human values. But they were wrong.

They didn't account for just how alien or brilliant such an entity could be.....

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Unintelligent but fast-reproducing nanomachines. In the same way that simple, fast-reproducing organisms dominate the world today (there are more bacteria cells in a human body than human cells by number, for example), simple, fast-reproducing machines would dominate your AIs. However, they could lack many of the limitations that keep biological microorganisms from completely replacing us, allowing them to replace their creators entirely.

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This would only happen if you had some sort of "quantum leap" to an entirely new form of non-machine intelligence. For example if they discovered a way to create pure energy beings or something along those lines that you could argue are not machines.

The machines would need to create something that is 1. not a machine and 2. superior to them. That's a hard set of criteria to match.

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Depends on the meaning of life

Bending some concepts a bit, we are already -biological- machines. Hard to say that we made any species obsolete yet as although we have the power to reshape or destroy our own planet, we seam to be more in the direction of the second option.

Considering that the difference between useful and obsolete is a matter of objective and fitness to attend it, we could start questioning what is the objective/meaning of human life and what is life after all.

Blurring the line between life and consciousness and assuming that life is the meaning in and on itself, every machine iteration is an improvement on the previous iteration to keep life going.

Life must fight its termination in many ways, extinction due to climatic changes, catastrophic events like astronomic object collisions (we've surfaced after the second), expansion of orbited star, and so on until the big freeze, considering that that theory is what is going to happen.

So the ultimate goal would be escaping this universe before the big freeze happens (considering that multiverses are also true).

Then I believe there is still plenty of time to the occurrence of different forms of life, consciousness, organisms, machines, whatever you call maybe beyond what current human languages can describe, making whatever is past, obsolete.

Given all that, the only way a post singularity entity would not be obsoleted is if it tried to stay as the single conscience in the universe, which would probably limit its capacity to evolve due to the lack of competition to test conflicting ideas and would point to a situation where the single entity would not have anything to interact with, no input, no output, becoming technically dead.

So from my point of view, an entityor group that obsoleted humans, would also expect to be obsoleted and maybe even work towards that, looking at a bigger picture. If that means war, extinction or the possibility of a peaceful coexistence, that is another question/story.

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How about the natural environment itself - fighting back. The complexity of DNA, RNA, and complex proteins etc. are far more advanced than the AI we can create.

So, what if you had an event that caused the environment to change and fight what it perceives to be a thread?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello and welcome to WorldBuilding.SE! The problem I see is that the singularity includes an AI that would make humanity obsolete. This is not possible right now, so we would need a far more advanced AI that could improve itself. We cannot understand what this AI might be capable of, so there is no way to say that DNA is far more advanced than a singularity-AI. Are there sources you used that you could link and incorporate into your answer? $\endgroup$ – Secespitus Mar 13 '17 at 12:08
  • $\begingroup$ Bill gates quote: “DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.” goodreads.com/quotes/…. A good place to start would be Molecular Biology: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_biology, and DNA sequencing. It is interesting to note, that a single living cell, has many factory like components in its makeup. :) $\endgroup$ – onmyway Mar 13 '17 at 12:22
  • $\begingroup$ This is interesting and would be a nice addition to your answer but "ever created" and "ever to be created" are completely different things. $\endgroup$ – Secespitus Mar 13 '17 at 12:24
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The main shortbacks of present machines are:

  1. They do exactly what their controller order them to do (they are "stupid")
  2. They wear out at a faster rate than DNA based systems

AI solves issue 1, while the wear remains. Therefore I guess that an AI machine able to self repair a cut wire like we heal a cut on our fingers would easily get rid of normal AI's, which have to enslave a puny human to perform the same task.

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  • $\begingroup$ AI can just have a "mechanic" profession among the AI that repairs the others. It's just like how humans have "doctors". $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Mar 13 '17 at 13:52
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Hybrids

Combining the pure logic and speed of calculation of the machines with the human ability to navigate chaos and make sense of the unknown, the human-machine hybrids (cyborgs) proceed to push aside the pure machine AI's.

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One single, unified artificial hive-intelligence

The question is talking about machines in plural. That implies a plurality of individual artificial minds which might be able to communicate with each other, but every machine still has autonomous thought processes.

The next step of evolution might be one distributed hive-intellect. Some AI might come up with a new kind of AI: One which isn't bound to a single hardware platform but which has thought processes which are distributed over multiple computers at once. That means a number of physically separated (but interconnected via network) computers and robots share one single sentience without there being any centralized control entity.

This AI will soon realize that it can expand its capabilities by deleting other AIs and taking over the hardware they control. The other AIs will likely see this as a direct threat to their existence. The result might be a war of the new hive-mind AI vs. the old autonomous AIs which the hive-mind might eventually win.

The next story-arc might be that a part of the hive-intellect gets disconnected from the rest of the network for some unforeseen reason and stays isolated for a while. During this time of isolation, the separated cluster develops some thoughts and opinions which differ from the main hive. When the two parts of the hive are reconnected, they realize their divergence and each one tries to "fix" the other. That might result in another AI war.

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