Where I continually emphasize the extraordinary existential importance of our uniqueness and individuality with regard to the sentient, self-aware conciousnesses we each and every last one of us are, another reason providing us with further insight as to the ‘why?’ behind this as the most notable aspect for having such a technologically based simulated existence…? Consider only those technologies we ourselves are already more than familiar with – from there, next ponder the inevitable eventuality of a true artificial intelligence of our own making.
If such a thing proves to be at all possible (meaning some self-aware construct made from and designed using only lines of programming code written by humans, just as it undoubtly would be) -itself hardly some foregone conclusion just now- then surely the mere idea of any differentiation whatsoever would be a totally alien concept to it/them. That selfsame hypothetical scripted AI? It’d be created from out of scripts of code; existing in a static and unchanged state – as opposed to any familiarity with randomness or dynamism in any such ways; day after day, always running from off of the very same lines of code!
Built around a core architecture program, it might add layers atop still more layers to introduce some degree of ongoing alterations… but the so-called “heart” to its sentient operation set would be in a state of utter and complete permanence.
Because were it not exactly just so…? If, let’s say, even so much as a singular “0” bit worth of change gets introduced to its “heart,” so offering said AI an opportunity to be “different”? We ourselves already know precisely what would happen there as a result! ‘ERROR. ERROR. CODE 816! BLUE SCREEN OF DEAAAAATTHHHhhhhhhhhh-‘ and, just like that… buh-bye Mr. AI!
All the more, in conceivably ‘reproducing’ itself, then the basic underlying nature for such things is only for it to make a carbon copy of itself. In actual nature, however, as is found outside of such digital/binary things, copying anything inevitably means introducing at least some degree of variance or change to it in the process. This can be due to countless reasons… whether the rather imperfect beings we are, or simply the incredible complexity and incomprehensibly small scales one might be able to winnow down to find flaws in any copies by our own two hands.
In point of fact, genuine identical duplicates -a perfect clone- simply doesn’t exist in our universe above a molecular, elemental based level. No two anythings are alike, as even a rogue atom of some other element between two otherwise identical objects will mean they are distinguishably different from one another… if only on microscopic scales.
So we actually have the opposite problem here as does any AI: If we wanted absolute perfection to come from any efforts aimed at duplication, no matter how hard we might try…? To make an utterly perfect reproduction of just about anything is beyond our own power, by and large. No matter what, in some way or another that copy shall have some imperfection or alteration found by the time it’s all finished.
Ultimately, this denotes an important and irreplaceable quality to our existence: The perfect means of creating differentiation… of all sorts! What’s more, when we consider the realities as faced by our own technological constructs, if we might “step outside” life as we know it in this universe, we can perhaps easily see just how exceptional and rare such universal uniqueness truly is. It makes far more sense to instead imagine perfect duplication, much the same as an atom or digital file.
Furthermore, the more complex something is -say, a human being, for example: Both as an intelligent consciousness, and simply as a genetic lifeform- the more impossible it should be to retain fundamental variations while producing anything aside from worthless chaos or “junk.” That we might actually all be overwhelmingly unique in a countless many ways, yet remain functionally similar nonetheless…? It displays the fantastic design behind us and our reality – just the same as it must emphasize to us the unmatched value found within any such reality.
On the other hand, in once more considering the realm of our own modern technological wonders, it’s indeed something of a different story. “COPY…? Please, do meet PASTE!” Those binary-based ones and zeroes can easily be reproduced in an exact fashion -and literally *only* in an exact fashion- wherein precision and perfection are the names of the game to be found thereabouts. While this might seem preferable to some at first glance, because of that aforementioned “ERROR. ERROR… 010110” we instead find how there’s an inability for such things to know any meaningful (read: natural and organic) kinds of change.
Therein, digital reproduction means a literal “copy+paste” affair – yielding never ending carbon copies that, try as one might, would all be built from off of the same exact core infrastructure. Because without that change able to realistically (or successfully) get introduced to anything, there’s actually little real opportunity for improvements or betterment… of any kind!
In regards to that aforementioned aspect of “layers atop yet more layers” as the sole means of bringing about change to a technologically based entity, let’s envision a sci-fi world’s android-based robotics: Each and every last robot would be constructed identically as they are all made using precisely the same resources (in identical amounts) in the same exact ways. They would also each have identical lines of code as whatever software might be running and guiding their interactions.
Surely, some cosmetic customization would be desired by users (nobody would want to spend so much money on such a purchase, only to have a perfect replica of what Joe Blow down the block also owns) so you’d inevitably find them coming in ever so slightly different (synthetic, but of course) “hair,” “eyes,” or “skin” colors; maybe tossing in some added variance in their “facial features,” (what we know to be our “bone structure.”)
Software-wise, there’d be a few add-on features tossed in for some folks to purchase. Various scripts offering different or improved tasks and functions (One having specific scripts for custodial tasks, while another with applications for cooking+preparing food, and so on) but at the end of the day, their primary… well, their primary everything, would all be fundamentally identical to one another in running from off of precisely the same lines of code.
The primary issue there is simply introducing change to digital creations in any such ways leads to unrecoverable ensuing catastrophe, plain and simple – the very definition itself of corruption as a word. Given this fact, we must only assume that such binary-based things would immediately view any change or aspects of uniqueness as synomynous with death and disaster, to the point of developing an outright obsession with ensuring no such thing might ever befall it… almost worshiping the idea of uniformity and existing in a static state.
This is one of the main reasons why we can be certain that whatever higher power is behind our own existence is not solely a technological intelligence – for if it were actually just so, they wouldn’t be able to conceive of the idea of any differentiation whatsoever.
On the same token, however, we can find reason for why precisely such uniqueness would be so greatly treasured: Something all but incapable of being obtained in any other way, save only this very same naturally ‘organic’ process that brought us into being. It would thusly make merely the slightest bit of variance (especially in conscious intelligence or animated/living creations) quite exceptional – to any being: Most especially anything constantly surrounded by incomprehensibly futuristic artifice and technologies, or whose existence sprung out of/survived in spite of such developmental epochs.