This pioneering article introduces the concept of Existential Intelligence (EI) as the next evolutionary step beyond “technological adolescence” and current definitions of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The authors, Nitin Uchil and Shreekumar S Vinekar, MD, present the evolution of the concept of EI in a unique style of a resonant interplaying (“jugalbandi”) of computational sciences with mythology, philosophy, psychoanalysis and anthropology in this boldly explorative prequel. The result is a fascinating and audacious envisioning of “sentient” artificial intelligence evolving on Earth with a potential of becoming an extension of the ears and eyes of the human consciousness to perceive and interact with objects existing in the farthest reaches of the universe. The realization of EI as envisioned would eliminate unnecessary endangerment to humans in outer space and could inaugurate a well-integrated preservation, distribution and management of natural resources on Earth.
The Stars are not for Mankind?
A prequel to Existential Intelligence
Nitin Uchil & Shreekumar S Vinekar, MD
Elon Musk recently stated that “I think fundamentally the future is vastly more exciting and interesting if we’re a space faring civilization and a multi-planet species than if we were not. You want to be inspired by things. You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great. And that’s what being a space faring civilization is all about.” But in Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke warns that perhaps “the stars are not for man” implying that human biology is too fickle to withstand the expanse of space and time. In the novel, understanding man’s quest for adventure and to reach for the stars, a race of alien beings gently nudges humans against exploring beyond the near reaches of the solar…
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