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  • Can Sentience develop in mechanical bodies?

    Janet

    [Excerpt from TT: 2015-09-06 Ask Michael]

    ViP:

    The phenomenon known as 'technological singularity' refers to the (theoretical) point in the evolution of a sentient, organic species when its technology has developed sufficiently to allow the individual consciousnesses of its members to be transferred to host bodies built off that species' technology. (For purposes of longevity, increased mental capacity, freedom from disease, and so on.) 

    While this phenomenon is still fictional to us, a number of people take the possibility of it happening very seriously and consider it inevitable.

    Is such a phenomenon actually possible, and if so, could you describe the ways in which a species actually does or did benefit from making this change? And, would sentiences tend to become increasingly or decreasingly benevolent/considerate toward other species as a result of doing this?


    MEntity:

    It is entirely possible and has been a viable shift for a few variations of Sentience. In almost every case, this scenario was triggered by a known threat to the species, usually of a biological nature to an extent that requires the emphasis if survival is to be ensured.

    Because the shift away from dependency on biology for the sustaining of life, the Sentience has one of two solutions in place that help the evolutionary process: one is those bodies are shared by many Essences over time, and each "incarnation" is a reprogramming of the genetic software to accommodate the new Essences. Essences tend to then incarnate in waves that change out entire clusters very close together.

    So rather than aging and dying, the bodies power down and reboot.

    The other way this lack of dependency on limited time in a body is accommodated is through willing disassembly. Rather than "dying," most will know when they are done, and turn the bodies in for upgrades, parts, recycling, variations, etc.

    Again, the power is reduced or halted and then reprogramming and rebooting is what allows the next Essence to move in.

    Procreation is still possible, but only by those who learn how to build machines. In other words, you can combine creativity and knowledge to create your "children." Most that we know of opt to simply place their orders through collective resources.

    Because of the dynamic that tends to be in place to move Sentience in this direction, the interest in aggression and war tend to wane drastically, but there can be issues if access to maintenance and resources for repairs are sparse.

    There is usually a transition period that can last quite some time, and this transition has always been helped through companionship with biological creatures, or companion animals.

    The transition must be met with some infusion of responsibility and nurturing of life.

    The benefits are quickly learned, but is vital.

     


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