Artificial Super Intelligence: Mankind's Last Invention

 Jun 06, 2019    By writer@interskynetwork  824 views

We humans are living in arguably the most pivotal era in human evolution in that I believe we will cease to be humans as we know of, within a few decades. 

Quoting from wikipedia: 

"The technological singularity (also, simply, the singularity)[1] is a hypothetical future point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization."

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

"John von NeumannVernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil define the concept in terms of the technological creation of super intelligence. They argue that it is difficult or impossible for present-day humans to predict what human beings' lives would be like in a post-singularity world."

Exciting and Scary times!

This post is a primer on what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is. We will be posting more in-depth aspects of AI over time as part of exploring the Future Trends. 

This video gives a simplified overview of what AI is.

In a nutshell these are the main concepts: 

ANI: Artificial Narrow Intelligence:

AI capable of doing only one thing very well. Examples include Google assistant, Weather apps, Google Translate, Autonomous driving vehicles, Siri etc. 

AGI: Artificial General Intelligence:

AI capable of doing many things very well, just like humans do (or machines that exhibit human like intelligence). These are the sort of systems that are conscious, sentient, and driven by emotion and self-awareness.

ASI: Artificial Super Intelligence:

This AI will surpass human intelligence in all aspects? - from creativity, to general wisdom, to problem-solving. 

Though we’re years away from ASI, researchers predict that the leap from AGI to ASI will be a short one. 

If it becomes a reality, the only two paths for humanity are (based on how this guy (ASI) turns out: 

1. If this guy happens to be a nice guy: Immortality (almost everything would become possible for humans). Humans could even blend with it.

2. If this guy happens to be a bad guy: Extinction (as in the history of the planet, the more intelligent species just overrides the less intelligent ones, or at the least, ignores it).

Technological Singularity

We don't know how this will eventually unfold, but one thing is for sure, if ASI happens, it will be the last invention of Humanity! 

 

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