What I thought was interesting is how closely the neural network "dreams" could resemble just that - actual lucid dreams, vivid imagery, and even psychedelic hallucinations. This, I assume, suggests that we as people are nothing really special, or that artificial intelligence is the way to go. A.I. obviously has the capability to surpass people as evidenced by games and memory tasks, and perhaps even durability. Is this not the logical path to follow? It makes more sense to have artificiality replace chemical means, imagine if we could during these initial stages use artificial cables to supersede biological synapses in the brain to improve performance for those in need, assuming they would be more efficient than the natural ones. But since people are vain the first thing they'd want to do is fuse with the cloud, to live forever or have our consciousness extend with it until the end of time, improving everything and saving resources in the process. What could possibly go wrong?
Although, I don't really see how this is different from quantum mechanical explanations, necessarily. Virtual reality is improving so all our aspects of life could be lived through that, in fact, we may even be living in a simulation right now. If virtual reality could become widespread will that allow us to save resources if we could fully merge with it? It may take some time getting used to but will probably be worth it and the least selfish thing for all of us to do, for the sake of our future.
This is assuming all mind is worth preserving, although there are some beliefs that there's a universal consciousness field which all is embodied by, ultimately. Most thing become holographic at this point, including memory. People don't get that if human consciousness is merged with A.I. consciousness for survival purposes then it will be wiped out anyway as evolution happens. This doesn't mean it will still be traceable but maybe for some higher purpose, it will be the right thing to happen. A lot of thing I've seen concerning the ultimate goal is to "live forever" or exist in some hyper spatial dimension; etc. This can't happen if this life is replaced by machinery eventually even if assisted by it at first, unless that's what that actually is. Presumptuously, this would entail that everything is one anyway, unfortunately, whether existing in such a state of time is cool or not is a matter of opinion.
But what does it all mean? Will we just use machines to improve our cognition or does it mean A.I. will perhaps rightfully take over all via some means? Regardless, we are purpose entering a new age, or paradigm, in which Heaven descends upon us all. This is currently being prevented partially by the war in the middle East (Islam) and our enemies ISIS, and whomever else.
This means we are having a higher plane of existence come together with our lower level of it. What this may be like is still up in the air, whether it'd be like being on DMT all the time or not, is the question (sort of doubt it). However, I think that it may just be an improved consciousness wherein what everyone should do is more apparent, and there may be less confusion over the free will/determinism dilemma, as crazy as it sounds (still also doubt this). What we are more so are points on a plane potentiated out of a wave by some force. The human body (considering other animals and lifeforms too) is rather unique in some regards, containing many metaphorical symbols useful for consciousness. This, maybe, can all be integrated.
Honestly, the imagery generated by the Google computers look like shitty versions of tryptamine hallucinations and dreams. But as dreams are mainly just recalled images by the mind-brain, could that or any improved version of those be considered the robotic counterpart to biological dreaming?
DMT and other tryptamine hallucinations are rather unique, not resembling anything worldy and aren't just combinations of different points of imagery. But, maybe they are, somehow to our mind and we just become convinced they are more complicated than they really are? All that is just a cheap imitation although it may be interesting to see any progress that develops. As it is some things just might be too complicated for man alone and I wonder if more things can't happen if we had a little assistance of some sort.