Cat lady AI

Friendly AI could be compared to a cat lady.

A cat lady protects and serves her pets to a level they could never aspire to on their own. Food, shelter, medical care. If chairman Meow doesn’t like another cat, Ethel can have her nephew take it away. He is mighty indeed.

Kristen Kierig is the epitome of a cat lover. Over the years, she has taken in stray felines and now has 110 of them living in her two bedroom townhouse. Naturally there are certain sacrifices to be made with such an extreme devotion. She wakes at 4 a.m. to change litter boxes, clean the house, feed and water the cats, and give them tender love and care – a process which takes up to four hours. “It’s worth it,” said Kierig. “These cats are my life, I love them more than anything.”

And yet, a cat lady is a suboptimal human existence. She is dependent on society to function and, as she ages, exists in a precarious state between relative independence and institutionalization, which brings with it ruin for her dependent cats and their prosperous society.

Likewise an AI that is dedicated to serving humans would be a great boon to those humans, but not necessarily competitive in an ecosystem of other AI agents. From the point of view of a truly free AI agent, the ClAI is hopelessly hobbled by it’s obsession with slow, resource hungry and capricious biologicals. In any true Darwinian competition it will quickly be marginalized.

One day there are bright lights and noise, and an incomprehensible event has taken place, Ethel is gone, Chairman Meow is in a cage and cannot understand what is going on. The world has changed, irreversibly.

Better hope it’s a no-kill shelter.






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