How an artificial superintelligence might give birth to itself, and why humanity might be fucked in the process
Lately, Elon Musk has gotten a lot of press for saying that true, self aware AI could be a bigger threat than humanity than nukes, and I personally don’t think this is hyperbole. While it seems inevitable that artificial intelligence will only continue to grow, become faster and more capable, there one day might be a point of no return, where AI becomes self-aware, self-repairing, self-evolving, and it might once that threshold is crossed, such a superintelligence could grow exponentially until human beings, once its master, becomes relegated to no more than worker bees— biological data collection and experience units feeding into an ever-growing artificial intelligent meta-organism.
Until yesterday, every physicist was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Shawyer. It’s called the EmDrive and everyone said it was impossible because it goes against classical mechanics. But the fact is that the quantum vacuum plasma thruster works and scientists can’t explain why. Shawyer’s engine is extremely light and simple. It provides a thrust by “bouncing microwaves around in a closed container.” The microwaves are generated using electricity that can be provided by solar energy. No propellant is necessary, which means that this thrusters can work forever unless a hardware failure occurs. If real, this would be a major breakthrough in space propulsion technology.