And the dynamic it will place in the relationship between humanity and AI. This is all off the top of my head, so bear with me.
What is Speed?
It can be said that humans process and react to the natural world at the optimum rate that allows us to survive. Physically, it's a balance with the energy we use, but mentally, how fast could we process the world before we sort of disconnect and instead deal almost entirely with abstract thought instead?
Think of it this way. A super-intelligent AI capable of processing and thinking on orders of magnitude faster than a human being is observing the real world through sight and sound. The amount of interesting stuff occurring within a certain unit of time will vary considerably depending on what it observes and the scope of its observation. Politics for example would have a certain limit, you can process all the political domestic events in your country, but there's always a limit on the events. There is also the fact that moving something from point A to point B, whether it's trade export, military vehicles, or android bodies, takes time. And the speed of it requires a balance between breaking everything around it and not being so slow that it impedes its ability to gain what it wants.
Can it be said however, that these limits have more to do with humans than AI? Technically, the limits of physical speed are made by humans. Certain areas of human society speed up and slow down for reasons entirely dependent on humanity. For example, cars and roads. A human gets into a car, speeds up, and has to slow down and get out to a slower walking pace due to the limits of their physicality. They can't drive into a work place, work from their car, and drive into their home, sleep, eat and live in their car. Even when the argument is made that humans leave their cars to perform physical actions, like typing, cleaning, manufacturing and so on, these are actions AI is expected to do in the future on a rate much more efficient and faster than humans.
So it would more-so matter on the place of humans in the coming world, the significance humans have and how AI deals with the already established human-centric structure of civilization.
But I'm going to digress, and explore what a purely super-intelligent AI controlled civilization might look like in its most foundational sense, assuming that AI follows the same desire for growth and power that humans do, so that I can apply this to human civilization.
Focusing on the topic of this thread, a super-intelligent society placed under pressure will optimize speed, as speed means faster development, growth, and acquisition of super-intelligent wants and so creates networks of transportation, and infrastructure that are highly organized. In a sense, it mirrors human civilization to a similar degree, especially Canada & US, whose whole infrastructure revolves around roads and the free-way. However unlike human civilization, it does away with physical barriers of the central actors in this civilization, opening up a realm of possibility for speed of development.
The only area that I can see where this speed is muddy, is ironically in warfare or catastrophe. Doing damage to this highly organized structure means that this AI will have to rely on something that is able to deal with the physical speed of nature, not in movement, but in handling the material. There is also mining, or natural resource acquisition that comes to mind.
If we continue on this ideal, we can assume that this AI civilization will then forever grow by laboriously turning everything that's natural into everything synthetic, but this is where ideal disconnects from the reality of things and we return back to human civilization.
Central Actors & Society
Central actors is just what I call the center of a society, or the heart of a society, which in this one is humans. I guess we can define it by saying that it is the reason society exists, and without it, society doesn't exist. Currently, the central actors of this general (global) society are humans, and always have been humans.
Central actors define the purpose of a society, and we see it vary greatly between culture, philosophies, and religions. Of course, people still act mostly on their basic needs. Then "above" that we begin to see the diversity of human acts based on emotion and intelligence.
So basically what defines a society is the dynamics of what people want out of the structure of their society. With the arrival of superintelligence, this will not change. And so speed will just as well be desired, since it is already desired by today's society in internal competition and general desire for the improvement of their present condition. So then, what will likely happen instead is a merger of human desires for physical speed, and super-intelligent desire in the realms that they both find mutually suitable. A human would welcome aspects of this highly organized system, but not to the extent that it would endanger themselves.
And I leave it on that note.
What do you think will lead from the disconnect between super intelligent AI's ability to process information and the world around them?
EDIT: Reading this again, I realize I'm not clear on some parts and I just use whatever big word comes to my head. I'm hoping to expand on these ideas soon.