You guys! I had a crazy day and missed posting today’s Afternoon Inquisition, which comes to us courtesy of last week’s Comment o’ the Week winner, Zapski, who writes:
It has taken me a while to think of this week’s AI. There are so many things bouncing around in my head.
So. Given that life on Earth has existed for about 3.5 billion years, and that as far as we know no other technological intelligent life has ever evolved on Earth, we can surmise that technological intelligence is something of an aberration.
Part One: Do you think that technological intelligence is a going to prove a successful survival trait?
Part Two: What purpose could technological intelligent life serve on the planet Earth? [Note that when I say purpose, I do not in any way imply a “higher” or spiritual purpose, but rather the kind of purpose
that trees possess (CO2 to O2 conversion, food, and habitat) or the Moon possesses (helps shield Earth from space rocks)]
Part Three: Describe our role in the global ecosystem from the point of view of an outsider to Earth.
You have 40 minutes, pencils are under your desks. Cheating will meet with failure. Begin.