In the end, computers will “work” better than we do.
Even though we are smarter and can get things done faster than evolution, that’s just not good enough. It’s not that we will create the very thing that destroys us; we will create the very thing that exceeds us.
String Theory (and the M-Theory and P-Brane concepts associated) predicts that there are more than the 4 dimensions that we can perceive (3 dimensions of space plus time). But how can something that we cannot directly perceive be proven to exist? The best method is a brand of advanced, complex mathematics that is just as incorporeal as the very theories it attempts to describe – this doesn’t do the layman very good in understanding what we are trying to prove, nor does it help with the existential proof itself.
So how will the existence of the 6 extra dimensions described by String Theory (the Theory of Everything that finally reconciles quantum mechanics with general relativity) finally be proven?
Answer: with the development of Strong Artificial Intelligence (AI). Strong AI is defined as a “machine” with an intelligence greater than that of human beings.
In fact, an AI’s “perception” of all 10 dimensions will perhaps be the first example of a “Strong” AI, since a computer beating Kasparov with faster, more efficient processing, logical modeling and memory doesn’t really count.
This will be the gateway to the Singularity as we will become dependent on AI and things will quickly happen from there. It will tell us things about existence we don’t know, things we can’t know – or see. That is assuming it is telling the truth…and that it cares to enlighten us.
There will be spiritual implications about what resides in these additional dimensions, so tiny they are billions of times smaller than a single atom. But existing in a mathematical reality, AI has no size. So it will not only be able to see the dimensions, but interact with them in a way that we can’t. The only way we can possibly interact with the unseen dimensions is by feeling gravity, which may be a force leaking from these dimensions where it originates.
Our only choice to avoid becoming entirely irrelevant and/or entirely dependent on AI for interactions with other dimensions will be to merge with the AI and become Human 2.0. But will that be enough?
Forget about oil, gold or novel energy resources being the key to world power and domination. World power will mean nothing when AI learns to navigate the unseen dimensions.
Why? Why does it matter? Because there is so much richness that we have yet to discover in the “universe.” In fact, String Theory predicts multiverses and parallel universes. There are supposedly 28 variables or constants that these 6 dimensions can dial up or down to determine the characteristics of a given universe: strength of gravity, mass of electrons, quarks, muons, neutrinos, the God particle or Higgs boson, the speed of light/planck’s constant, etc. It may be true that we can only exist in one particular setting. And given the 28 variables, there could quite possibly be over 300 octillion (that’s 300 followed by 29 zeros) different types of universes. If there are multiple copies of any given combination then who knows how high the number of universes could go. You may exist in some of the other ones too, by the way.
This is not crackpot meta-physics. This stuff is widely recognized by the world’s leading physicists around the world as a very real possibility (Google “scientists that believe in multiverse” and see what comes up).
Back to “why does it matter?” We currently have no idea what exists in the other dimensions and universes. Maybe other living things, other realities. It’s like a game. But reality is not the worst game ever. It is one that keeps getting better and better as we learn more and more.
With ginormous numbers like 300 octillion it is impossible for a human brain to recognize the patterns within the chaos, to perceive the great and small within the infinite fractals and imaginary numbers. But a Super AI could.
Maybe there is no pattern.
But maybe there is….
And if there is, it would truly hold the answers to all of existence.
If all of this makes your little head spin or gives you stress, don’t worry. Things will be tomorrow just as they are today.