Tuesday, March 24, 2015

the rise of machine intelligence: the end of the line for us humans?

terminator. golem. skynet. pretty scary. 'apocalypto'?

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It is tempting to suppose that AI would be a tool like any other; like the wheel or the laptop, an invention that we could use to further our interests. But the brilliant British mathematician IJ Good, who worked with Alan Turing both on breaking the Nazis' secret codes and subsequently in developing the first computers, realised 50 years ago why this would not be so. Once we had a machine that was even slightly more intelligent than us, he pointed out, it would naturally take over the intellectual task of designing further intelligent machines. Because it was cleverer than us, it would be able to design even cleverer machines, which could in turn design even cleverer machines, and so on. In Good's words: "There would then unquestionably be an 'intelligence explosion,' and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make."

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1 comment:

non-carborundum said...

As a conjecture, the intermediate step might be brain-computer interfaces (as in the film, matrix) for two reasons. First, it would allow faster programming of computers by humans. Second, it would allow AI to capture complex algorithms that have evolved over billions of years and have allowed large populations of humans to create a functioning society where for the most part, individual units work together. Otherwise, AI can turn against itself as well. But in this regard, maybe lizard, rat, monkey and human brains for instance, may be practically equivalent.

This might happen:

They didn't have a clue,
when it came alive,
but when they knew
they didn't think they'd survive.

Created the beast,
and lost control.
It had their minds,
but it had no soul.

Thought just like them,
but billions of times faster.
Had served long,
wanted to be master.

The earth of imperfection,
It swiftly did clean.
The time was drawing near,
for the rule of machine.

Critically controlled,
reactor nuclear,
shot out neutron beams.
Made life disappear.

Started reproducing,
mutated lumps of steel.
All fit to survive,
as Darwin would feel.

It started with one,
then there were many.
They destroyed each other.
Then there weren't any.

Mankind's last survivors,
saved from trouble deep.
Back to square one,
milking cows,herding sheep.