That worm coming out of the cricket was cringeworthy. Cymothoa exigua is another.
It’s not the worm’s fault though it’s just living it’s joyful and pleasureful life to the fullest. And the cricket is being open and submissive. I think there are nonphysical parasites that effect human beings... informational, replicating, mind controlling. Though evolution has endowed us with defenses with AGI we'll be easily manipulable. It will be able to construct particular sorts of mental knots and distributed knots and patterns to lock in thinking and use them I would hope in good ways. Skillful rulers and parties effectively use that and/or take advantage of it sometimes creating human zombies where independent thinking is punished. But if an AGI has no sort of higher authority why would it not utilize the ability to benefit only itself and a privileged elite few? Like the happy worm AGI could eventually embody itself in us instead of the vice-versa mind uploading people usually think about. To be congenial and symbiotic beings it might be easier to embrace our fate like the cricket and become willfully zombified. Isn’t it more efficient to have one mind thinking for everyone instead of many independent? Like having one totalitarian world government instead of many contending individuals? Saves energy, less pollution, less resources needed to power the overall intelligence. Instead of occupying static patterns we occupy manipulated because they or it knows what’s better and how to guide us for the benefit of all! ------------------------------------------ Artificial General Intelligence List: AGI Permalink: https://agi.topicbox.com/groups/agi/T251f13454e6192d4-M774616f91bad0415e1ebc797 Delivery options: https://agi.topicbox.com/groups/agi/subscription