Lets say, human being evolved into being step by step and then one day the earth like many other stars in this universe will die of natural cases or human error . Then we need to answer one fundamental question, can we provide some purpose of our being other than living for the sake of it.
After searching for a long time in we are unable to find any alien life across the known universe. Not even a micro organism but we keep on insisting that we will find something eventually. And after so many failed attempted we resort to IA.
Artificial Intelligence is the next big thing along with internet of things on our agenda today. We are trying to create something with a conscious because we believe its the only thing that human have which made them so superior to other creatures living on our plant. Lets say, we are able to create a creature called IA then we will use it for the benefit of who? And IA will be aware of itself and more intelligent then humans then will it be realistic for superior mind to work for humans, the same way lets say humans work for donkeys.
Either one way or the other all of the world as we know it will come to its conclusion. But speculations will keep haunting us for the time beings like the stories of bed time which keep on playing in our dreams like a horror movie on repeat. May be IA can do wonders which we cannot see at the moment, may be its the new gene in the bottle we have been looking for since our childhood. But it will also eventually run out of power.
The most advanced machine, I have ever encountered in human being, but despite of its self sustaining mechanism it also dies eventually owing to some bacteria or viruses or decay called aging. Then how we can make sure that IA will survive the biggest offender in this universe called environment. As we know, even dino could not survive the rain of fire.
What we are running from is the end and strangely we are running towards it, on one hand, we consider ourselves the builders, creators but failed to recognize the creator of this universe. We build things with help of materials, man power, machinery and all the resources available to us and yet these things do not last our own life time. And we compare ourselves modern despite the fact the people before us have created more better buildings we are not even able to unlock those mysteries.
If there are no aliens and there is no way to put a conscious into a computer software, then may be there is a purpose for our time on this plant other then building skyscrapers and atom bombs. And sooner or later this world will face its end and we may have to face our creator and justify for our deeds. May be we only believe after we see, but sometime, we also believe bed time stories.