Artificial Intelligence: Armageddon or Nirvana?

“I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary, and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” –Douglas Adams I recently read Tim Urban’s blog post “The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence,” and it blew my mind. You see, if artificial intelligence (AI) evolves to the point described in Urban’s story, then AI machines will become way more intelligent than the smartest humans on the planet. This notion gives some people nightmares…


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