Hong Kong-based Artificial Intelligence pioneer Ben Goertzel talks immortality, the age of robots …

WHIZ KID As a child I read voraciously, including adult-level science and history books – anything I could get my hands on. I was really bored in high school because I’d already learned most of the curriculum, so I applied to (Bard College at) Simon’s Rock, in Massachusetts (in the United States), which admitted younger students, and started my degree (in mathematics) when I was 15. STAR STRUCK I started reading science fiction aged three and became fascinated by artificial intelligence (AI), time travel, space travel, brain modification and robots, and the possibility of making those fictional things real. At university I tried to figure out if you could make a time machine by spinning an American football-shaped star really fast while circling it in a spacecraft. According to the…


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