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AI, Transhumanism & Merging with Superintelligence
Susan Schneider   Mar 9, 2015   LipTV  

IEET Fellow Susan Schneider spoke to LipTV about AI, superintelligence and the Singularity.

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed Artificial Intelligence, to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation?

This profoundly ambitious and original book breaks down a vast track of difficult intellectual terrain. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom’s work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.

"It is somewhat unsettling. We just have to hope for the best." I admire the wide eye realism. Most the people whom I talk to can't imagine ASI; only the much more rarified people on the web seem to be able to visualize it. My analysis is that with current neural net software technology, the gigantic databases that are already accumulated, and the current hardware available (especially multiple GPU core linking), ASI is now possible, knowing that all three fronts (software, data, and hardware) are progressing rapidly.
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