Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 14, No 1 (2018)

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If Artificial Intelligence Asks Questions, Will Nature Answer? Preserving Free Will in a Recursive Self-Improving Cyber-Secure Quantum Computing World

Cynthia Larson


Henry Stapp's realistically interpreted orthodox quantum mechanics suggests that when a question is asked, Nature answers.  In this formalism, "the thought itself is the thinker," which clears the way for any thinker-human or other-to be an actively creative agent. In this process, an ensuing succession of questions arising in the minds of observers is received and responded to by a "Nature" that chooses and implements responses in accordance with Born's Rule in a physically described universe represented by evolving quantum mechanics states. This paper explores what results might be expected if and when artificial general intelligence (AGI) asks questions, based on Stapp's orthodox interpretation.

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