Posts Tagged ‘ants’

People vs. ants

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

There’s a weird notion in some science fiction (or in some futuristic predictions) that if super intelligent beings existed, they might view us in the same way that we view ants.  The main implication is that they would show little to no interesting in talking to us.  This is absurd.  If ants could talk, thousands of biologists would spend a great deal of their time talking to them.  I don’t think they would view us as pets either; people already try to endow our pets with as much intelligence and consciousness as possible, others campaign for their rights, etc.  In general, I think boring, simplistic analogies about how higher intelligences will view (current) human-level intelligences all break down.  If the situation ever arises, I think it will be new, and different, and very, very interesting.