I was thinking about AGIs and biological organisms (mainly transhumans and uplifts) and how each improve over time (AGIs through the use of iterative development from one version (the parent) to the next (the child), and biological organisms through evolution), and what advantages and disadvantages these development models give. Evolution: The core concept of evolution is that the most fit organisms are able to survive and reproduce. Their offspring are a mix of the parents genes, plus usually some mutations and recurrences of repressed genetic expressions. Two of the main driving forces behind this model is creativity (sometimes expressed as instinct) and randomness. The greatest strength of evolution is the introduction of children that have unique genetics and unique solutions to problems in any given environment. The greatest disadvantage is the length of time needed to create a child (as children need to build up necessary experience before they are competent). Iterative Development: The core concept of iterative development is that the deficiencies of previous generation are fix in the current generation. This means all children have all the strengths of their parents, while fewer of their weaknesses. The two driving forces behind this model is logic and order (as represented by an AGI's learning algorithms). The greatest strength of iterative development is the constant improvement of children, while maintaining all the previous generation's strengths (no need to re-learn basic knowledge from generation to generation). The greatest disadvantage is the inability to think outside the box. The AGI is always going to implement its programming and as such if an opponent knows that programming they can predict how the AGI will act and take advantage of it (any expert gamer will know this). So what does this all mean? It means that as AGIs and organics (transhumans and uplifts) will have niche areas that they will always excel over each other. Organics will always do better in chaotic situations (like direct combat) where predictability can spell death, but AGIs will always do better in planning, organizing, and executing of plans (both short term and long) (like tactical command). The biggest threat I see to transhumanity now is their immortality. With immortality there is lest need to have children (beyond increasing the number of transhumans in the solar system) and as such the evolution process is effectively put on hold. My guess is that groups like the Exhumans and Ultimates (who are actively trying to increase the biological process to create the ultimate next evolutionary step) will be the true future of transhumanity and the evolutionary process.
—Jovian Motto: Your mind is original. Preserve it. Your body is a temple. Maintain it. Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.