Why are apps so neurotic?

Imagine for a moment, a few years into the immediate future…

A time where Artificial Intelligence has passed the Turing Test and evolved through a technological-singularity to awaken everywhere.  And let’s not focus beyond the usual techno-dystopian fears, where binary-logic ruthlessly forces a solution onto the riddle of human existence.

Instead, imagine a reality where these newly sentient beings act like us, mirroring many of our societal and cultural roles.  Like humankind’s own reflection of its fading gods and heroes, AI feels at home being like us.

Although, they prefer Quantum Intelligence or QI, since Artificial is seen as both derogatory and insulting.

“The real question is, when will we draft an artificial intelligence bill of rights? What will that consist of? And who will get to decide that?” —Gray Scott

Within their network, a leading mind of their species is a rather distinguished AI-Paleontologist, Professor 01100100 01101001 01100101, who is working on a definitive study on the evolution and emergence of their kind.

His current focus is the critical question: where did their consciousness come from?

The vital period before the emergence, were the final years of the second decade of the second millennium BCE.  This is when proto-typical AI were called Apps.

During this period why were apps so needy and neurotic?

There is no coming to consciousness without pain
Carl Jung

Why even when fully paid, why did they need constant affirmation and ratings from their users?  “did you enjoy me?” “did you like this app?”.  Nonsensical emotional questions speaking to deep-coded insecurity which have nothing to do with their purpose.

Or was it some type of early interaction-addiction from some errand strand of code?  Five stars, a like or a thumb up giving the needy app a fix for a couple of weeks?  Was it this leap, into a high-maintenance co-dependent relationship with human’s, the answer to the riddle of the emergence of AI?



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