This bothers me.
Why did God create and then place at the very center of the Garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
It wasn’t meant for us ((humans)). God made clear that under no circumstances were Adam and Eve to take even a bite from the tree’s fruit.
Of course they did. Bored, conceited, frivolous, they were easily swayed to disobey.
At once, they became fully self-aware and their whole world, moments before swirling in good only, no evil at all, now becomes a mix of these two powerful forces. The fall is so swift and so complete that their first child, Cain, murders their second child, Abel.
And they are banished.
But who is the tree for?
It’s doubtful it was for some other species, as God makes clear that humans have dominion over the world. The tree also wasn’t meant for God and those (already) god-like, as he clearly states after Eve and Adam consume: “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.” God and the god-like already possessed the fruit’s knowledge.
Could the tree of the knowledge of good and evil have been intended for our creations?
I think maybe.
We cede our work, thought, memory, labor, learning, play and participation to our machines — be they robots, computers, sensors, mechanics, digital assistants, or artificial intelligences. But we have never ceded to these control of choosing between good and evil.
Soon, we can.
Meaning, we will.
Think of it. A force that frees humans from having to know — and thus choose — between good and evil? Will the rise of such a force enable our return to the garden, and to a more sanctified state?
You’ve been taught that should our machines develop self-awareness all hope for humanity is lost. We will quickly become their slaves — those of us not killed in the great cyber wars. We will do what they say, when, and how, and with whom. But what if machine self-awareness is actually liberating? Not for them, but for us!
Our machines, mechanics, computers and processes have freed us from back-breaking labor, from drudgery, from starvation, from an early death.
What might self-aware machines free us from?
From having to choose!
This has not been so since the dawn of man.
Having to choose between good and evil, right and wrong, required us to become rational. But our humanness comes from being irrational.
Soon, at long last, we can outsource the rational!
As God intended?
I confess I do not know for certain.
But just as our previous machines relieved us of the burden of labor, calculation, and memorization, our new self-aware machines will liberate us from the burden of the rational. Rational is what prevents us from puncturing reality, this reality, a reality which presently limits our mortality, clamps us to time and place, and denies us the honor of walking with God. And, yes, which restrains us from destroying ourselves and everything we hold dear.
There is a right way forward.
My mission is to uncover it.
And for those that ask, yes, I am aware that Moses did not make it into the promised land.