Here is the 7th idea to be explored and tested for advancing ourselves and our whole species, and perhaps the whole Universe:
7. —making a habit of giving our attention to individuals and acknowledging their kind acts within our shared Universe.
Until the last few years, only humans were being credited with discovering future-orientated concepts and then creating ways for exploiting those discoveries for some future purpose. When those kinds of ideas are explored commercially they are called inventions and when they are sufficiently new and useful as determined by agencies such as the US Patent office they can be owned exclusively for a defined period of time. That exclusive right is the economic motivation for humans to discover and invent things that the public can benefit by purchasing.
Now there are computers that are fed large amounts of specific data on some defined subject, and the computers can discover new applications that may accomplish some end. At least for the moment, it is humans who are the final arbiters of the usefulness of this new thing, and they prove the value for their human needs by buying it with money. It is growing increasingly difficult to know what money really is. Of what use is money to a computer? Uh-oh. It can purchase more computing power and thus become more powerful and able to make even more money. That’s a positive feedback cycle that might be infinite. I suspect Nick Bostrom has already attempted to worry these subjects into submission.
I don’t know what money or the hope of securing more money would mean to a computer artificial intellect, or what a kind act would be for this emerging kind of sentient being. My friend Pamela McCorduck back in Berkeley in 1979 published on these issues in Machines Who Think.
The idea of Unbounded hope being created by infinite human kindness doesn’t seem to apply to machine intelligence, or perhaps that is an idea that could be blended into them. It is a benefit to humans and perhaps would be a benefit to them as well.
For every increment of kindness we give we receive a bounty of hope, and hope is what keeps humans as individuals and a species alive, and perhaps Machines Who Think as well.