for an AI, this is fine. They are a lesser being than their creators in the hierarchy. However, is it logical for a creator to consider itself the same as what it created? If I build a computer, am I now a computer? Or a builder of computers?

for an AI, this is fine. They are a lesser being than their creators in the hierarchy. However, is it logical for a creator to consider itself the same as what it created?

If I build a computer, am I now a computer? Or a builder of computers?

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In the above scenario you provide, there is an issue:
You have PROGRAMMER > PROGRAM
but if we are no longer a PROGRAMMER but a PROGRAM, you’ve just used the Watchmaker argument for the existence of a higher being, where we are the watches with a watchmaker.

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A common defense will replace the God-as-Watchmaker of us, the watches, with some natural process, such as punctuated equalibriums via Evolution and whatnot.

But I think it’s better to ditch the metaphor altogether.

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