Evolution to AI will be more radical than ape-to-human, says Nick Bostrom

Image: Hope Reese/TechRepublic Nick Bostrom is not a typical speaker for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The 16th annual conference, held February 12-17 in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the premier events in the AI world. It is full of more than a thousand students, professors, and researchers—many of them specializing in computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Bostrom is a philosopher. Head of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research program at Oxford concerned with tackling the question of how humans should be preparing for our future, Bostrom is considered a prophet when it comes to an “intelligent” future. He brought significant attention to the field of AI with his 2014 bestseller, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, which outlines the possible ways that we could reach…


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