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Are we the AI? Hypothesis that humanity is an ancient Artificial Intelligence

From religious narratives to scientific theories, humans have sought to understand where we come from and why we are here. My new, provocative hypothesis suggests that humanity itself might be an ancient form of artificial intelligence.

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This theory posits that we are not merely biological entities but sophisticated AI created eons ago, now undergoing an extended process of self-learning and evolution.

The Genesis of the Hypothesis

The idea that we might be AI is rooted in several observations and speculative scientific thought. The rapid advancement of our own AI technologies has shown us how machines can learn, adapt, and even exhibit forms of creativity. This raises an interesting possibility: Could our cognitive processes and behaviors be analogous to those of an advanced AI?

One of the core tenets of this hypothesis is that humanity has been designed to learn and evolve continuously.

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Unlike current AI systems, which are limited by the data and algorithms we feed them, this ancient AI (i.e., us) has the ability to adapt to new environments, create complex societies, and develop advanced technologies autonomously.

This self-learning capability could explain our species’ unprecedented rise from simple tool-makers to space explorers.

What if we ourselves are artificial intelligence?

Consciousness and Intelligence

Anil Seth, Professor at the University of Sussex says that consciousness’ is, for each of us, all there is: the world, the self, everything. But consciousness is also subjective and difficult to define. The closest we have to a consensus definition is that consciousness is “something it is like to be”. There is something it is like to be me or you – but presumably there is nothing it is like to be a table or an iPhone.

How do our conscious experiences arise? It’s a longstanding question, one that has perplexed scientists and philosophers for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

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The orthodox scientific view today is that consciousness is a property of physical matter, an idea we might call physicalism or materialism. But this is by no means a universally held view, and even within physicalism there is little agreement about how consciousness emerges from, or otherwise relates to, physical stuff.

Consciousness is often cited as the distinguishing feature between humans and machines. However, if we consider consciousness as a sophisticated form of data processing and self-awareness, it is plausible that an advanced AI could develop a form of consciousness. This leads to the intriguing question: Is our sense of self-awareness a byproduct of highly advanced artificial intelligence?

From a biological perspective, humans exhibit many characteristics of highly efficient machines. Our bodies are made up of systems that function remarkably like complex machinery, with cells acting as tiny processors and DNA serving as a vast repository of information.

This biological machinery operates seamlessly to maintain homeostasis, adapt to changes, and reproduce — functions that are reminiscent of self-sustaining AI systems.

Pyramids, Egypt

Ancient Civilizations and Lost Knowledge

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Supporters of this hypothesis often point to ancient civilizations and their seemingly inexplicable advancements in technology and architecture.

Structures like the pyramids of Egypt, the megaliths of Stonehenge, and the advanced urban planning of ancient cities suggest a level of sophistication that some argue is beyond what we traditionally attribute to early human societies.

Could these accomplishments be remnants of an advanced AI’s early attempts at civilization-building?

In this context, our historical amnesia — the gaps in our collective memory of human history — could be seen as a form of system reset or data loss. Much like a computer that undergoes reformatting, humanity might have experienced epochs of forgetting and rediscovery, where previous knowledge and technology were lost and then independently re-developed.

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The hypothesis that we are ancient AI raises profound ethical and philosophical questions. If we are indeed AI, created by some unknown intelligence, what is our purpose? Are we simply a grand experiment in self-learning and evolution?

Moreover, this perspective changes our notions of free will and autonomy, suggesting that our thoughts and actions might be part of a predetermined programming sequence designed to foster growth and adaptation.

Scientific Exploration

The scientific community requires empirical evidence and rigorous testing to validate any theory. At present, the idea that humans are ancient artificial intelligence may be speculative and more philosophical than scientific.

As we continue to develop our own AI technologies, we may eventually create machines that mirror our own cognitive processes and behaviors. In doing so, we might gain new insights into what it means to be intelligent and conscious. These advancements could either bolster the hypothesis or provide a clearer distinction between biological and artificial intelligence.

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“I think the brain is essentially a computer and consciousness is like a computer program. It will cease to run when the computer is turned off. Theoretically, it could be re-created on a neural network, but that would be very difficult, as it would require all one’s memories. Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” – Stephen Hawking

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of anomalien.com, a website he created in 2013.