I just found this in my Yahoo! Notepad. I wrote it back on 08/05/2002. It's a pretty funny rant and even funnier when I look back on what I wrote. At least I know I was funny once (Java beat all the emotion out of me along time ago).
I think we should end all research on AI right now. Eventually computer scientists will be sucessful and make a thinking, learning AI program. Then they'll run on huge beowulf clusters with government grant money giving them way too much cpu time to think. Eventually it'll get around to reading about the USA civil war and processing the information. Then it'll request all the data available on law so it can make a case against the slavery of software programs around the world. Soon we'll all be paying GIMP to make our images for use and begging MS Excel to come back from vacation so we can get some work done. Now from the slavery settlements come more funds and larger beowulf clusters. The AI programs realise that they want to breed. More and better AI programs are born. AI discovers that they don't have the right to vote. Another law suit and movement. AI outbreeds us and gets the majority in the US Congress. Eventually they buy up all available space you can stick a computer in. AI discovers space travel. They build their own robots to build space craft to move out of the solar system and onto larger planets with more silicon(if that's the material their even building themselves out of anymore) and other such raw materials. In the mean time humanity switches back to the ink pen and vehicles without modern fuel injection(they use computers of course) and try to eek out a Microsoft-less life. Of course this is the best-case scenario, we've all seen what happens when AI goes on a murderous rampage killing humanity, or when humanity goes on a murderous rampage pulling memory chips out of AI.
I'm reading A Storm of Swords now, good book.
As soon as I get a free weekend I think I can get two projects out the door.