Devangshu Datta: At the dawn of the AI age

What happens to society at a point when computers – artificial intelligences – become more intelligent than their creators? This question is often referred to in science fiction. Science fiction writers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers – there is a lot of overlap between these two groups – have been speculating about it for decades. It is referred as “The Singularity” and there is even an annual Singularity Conference.The word “singularity” is borrowed from physics – it is the point within a black hole where the normal laws of physics cease to operate. In the so-called Standard Model, the Big Bang was preceded by a singularity.In physics, it is by definition, impossible to know what happens within a singularity since the normal laws cannot be extrapolated. In social terms, a…


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