In this 2013 article for Nautilus, Adam Frank talks about the Copernican principle, its implications to our view of the universe, and how the new findings in science are debunking the idea that this universe and humanity are not special.
Frank talks about how science is showing us that this universe is fine tuned for life, and how there is no proof (except mathematical ones) which can show us that another universe exists.
Frank also says that perhaps the idea of a multiverse may never be proven, for after all, even the most controversial theories such as that of the e expanding universe and the theory of relativity came a few years after they were proposed. Meanwhile, the multiverses theory have been a quandary for decades, and despite the advances in technology, there is no scrap of evidence to support it.
Implications for AI
As astronomy grapple with the multiverses and the search for other habitable planets, our very own continues to die. And as we build more AI to assure our daily comfort, we ensure the death of our earth [see AI And The Climate Emergency: What’s The Connection?]. The idea that there is another planet like the earth or that there is another universe that can support life has brought us to this point.
But there is no proof that we can find another universe, another planet that can host life. There is no guarantee that even with the advances in our science and technology, humanity can continue to live [see Why You Might Never Be Able To Upload Your Brain To A Computer, The End Of Accelerating Change, Why Killer Robots Are Inevitable]. Why are we gambling away our chance to make a difference in this world? Why are we wasting the opportunity to truly understand what it truly means to be human?
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