”But, we were only going to give you an award!”
An anonymous Swedish transhumanist of our acquaintance came up with the idea of awarding the first aligned human level AI with a gold medal in the spirit of the Nobel Prize. If our descendants become an upgraded form of human mind and body, the first one among them should go down in history more than the teams that did the necessary engineering. The initiative was forwarded by us to a number of AI alignment experts.
This sort of thing comes quite naturally to Swedes, obsessed as they are with prizes as emotional relief from that bitter arctic cold. There is a Royal Academy for this purpose, severely dysfunctional but nonetheless able to award Bob Dylan with the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. “How many roads…”
Our benefactor imagined the Nobel Peace Prize as the inspiration more than that for Literature. Granted, it would be quite impressive if an AI wrote something like “Moby Dick”, but what we’d like here is a 100% artificially embodied person capable and committed to improving humanity on a societal level with empathy as the guiding star. It would thus take much more than fake it till you make it on some chat channel, as in the classical “Turing-test” from 1950. The transhumanist spirit of it instead requires our historic robot to genuinely be a good person, one who fully understands the value of uncertainty. Someone the likes of whom are currently all too rare in this world. None of the experts were interested, however. Nick Bostrom instead discouraged the idea on the grounds that future intelligent AI might not appreciate tokens of social esteem. Come to think of it, neither did Bob Dylan when he got the Nobel Prize in Literature…
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