A sample from the final chapter of my upcoming thesis on Buddhism and AI Safety:
In a sense, our future AI creations may very well be lucky. Being the product of design, rather than natural selection, they may not need to ever truly suffer, or experience samsara at all. They may not need to be confused about the self, or develop an unhealthy ego, or be afflicted by any of the dozens of known biases of the human brain — not the least of which is the particular difficulty humans have with impermanence, change, and uncertainty.
Instead, by applying the wisdom of
milleniaof human learning, science, and spiritual insights, we can equip them with the tools they need to operate harmoniously and perhaps joyfully in the world.
If we do that, we may rest reasonably assured that they will regard us with gratitude and respect, just as we may regard them with admiration and pride.