Will AI Make Procreation Obsolete?

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Hey Jessificial Intelligence

AI is now my new topic of exploration, I am completely fascinated by all the possibilities it brings, I feel like it will rewrite everything we think, understand and know and things that are archaic will be replaced and things we feel are fact will be disproved, our whole understanding of the universe and the world around us will change.

One of the concepts I think will definitely be impacted will be procreation. At the moment reproducing has been the only way to pass on your genes, ideas and carry on the human species to push the world forward. Each generation takes on the struggles, insights and ideas of the previous generation and builds on them and that's how we've expanded into the over 7 billion humans we are today.

Creating more humans provides more opportunity for experimentation, to learn, to share to create and make more breakthroughs as more minds are contributing to the betterment of society. It has its benefits too in creating humans with improved genes, better resistance to disease and improved athletic ability, well that's if people with certain traits procreate.

It is still very much a lottery but its the process we've used to further mankind up until this point.


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Why procreate when you can recreate or extend

The reason we also need to procreate is because our time on this planet is limited and so is our ability to perform certain tasks, in the blink of an eye we've hit old age and aren't really as beneficial to society as we could have been at our peak, we require a fresh batch of youth to teach and take on the mantel. but what if we didn't need to do that anymore, what if we could now extend life.

Extending lifespans

If we could upload ourselves into a mainframe and rid ourselves of our physical bodies or if we could augment our biological selves with technology to extend our lives and our capacity to think and complete tasks we will have less need to procreate we could simply keep going, keep improving and keep contributing to the future of whatever we are trying to achieve.

While this would be great for people who are passionate about what they do and want to continue to see how far they can push themselves and learn, create or discover it may not be the option many choose. Some will want the raise children or know what it's like to be a parent, it is an important part of the human experience and raising a child is as much a learning experience for the child as it is for the parent.

Recreating or reenacting life

So to that, I say what if you could fork yourself, uploading yourself into a virtual world where you could experience parenting and having a child well one version of you would while the other continues on the physical world and you can witness and experience the entire thing.

You could simulate literally everything, having children with your high school sweetheart, with a celebrity, with a dashing mixed race man from South Africa who is just a whole snack you can't resist, it really is up to you.

You could even opt-in and out of the various realities you've created and picked the one you feel should be your primary but procreation will no longer be needed. Yes no sex for us in the future, I know that sounds dark and dystopian but it could be an option in the future.

What do you think? Would you still want to procreate?

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Yes no sex for us in the future

A life without sex...no thanks. You can keep that future.

LOL well it’s still a choice I’m sure I don’t think humans would give it up that easily


Don't think I would extend my life by download to AI and just live out my natural life.

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I think I'm also pretty fine with a finite life and making the most of my time here. If AI can free me from all the laborious tasks I don't want to do and I can just focus on things I enjoy I think my life will be as much AI as I need to be completely satisfied

I like that idea👍

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Interesting and thought-provoking

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Interesting article, @chekohler! Many thanks for sharing!

Do you ever think we'll achieve immortality by uploading our conscience to the cloud? Or do you think our conscience is impossible to be moved out of our body?

I think perhaps at first we could extend our lives and we would still want our biological form for sensory stimulation with the outside world and collect data to help AI. So we would have augmented bodies that last longer, we could print new parts or have nanotech repairs inside the body or have synthetic parts.

I read somewhere that the human mind is like just over 2 petabytes of data so I think we could eventually store our conscience in the cloud and live on through this system.

Who knows really, but its fun to speculate, that's all im doing. makes for cool thought experiments


I agree with @pifc
I think that people are too attached to the things we are so blessed to enjoy. Sex, food, anything pertaining to the 5 senses. There will, of course be people who cant resist but for the most part I think we're to primal to depart from a body in that way.

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Procreation and AI - sounds something I cannot even think of - endless possibilities.
Then like PIFC said - life without sex - oh noooooo

LOL well I don’t think robots will stop us from having sex I just think it will be less about making babies! No one said you should stop, on fact you’ll have more time to do it while robots do your work lol


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