From the Hybrids frontispiece:
"Biological intelligence will be viewed as merely the midwife of
‘real’ intelligence—the powerful, scalable, adaptable, immortal
sort that is characteristic of the machine realm."
–Paul Davies, The Eerie Silence
"We have the right stuff now to build real brains."
New York Times, April 8, 2010
"If I was an intelligent machine, I would deceive you."
–The Master of the Key
From the Key
My hybrids are not strictly of the human-alien variety. They are what happens when alien science and human science meet in hidden laboratories, as may be happening now. And our side realizes that something new could be created that’s more powerful than we are and, above all, smarter than we are. But wait a second–smarter? Won’t they be able to outsmart us, then? To do exactly what they want to us?
Yes. They. Will.