How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

RSA 2016 Developing massively intelligent computer systems is going to happen, says Professor Nick Bostrom, and they could be the last invention humans ever make. Finding ways to control these super-brains is still on the todo list, though. Speaking at the RSA 2016 conference, Prof Bostrom, director of the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute in the UK, said artificial intelligence to at least human level is highly likely in our lifetime. A survey of academics in the field produced a median guesstimate of 2040 to 2050 for that milestone, but it’s likely that superhuman AI systems won’t be far behind this. “I think it will swoosh past human intelligence,” he said. “Our basic biological machinery in humans doesn’t change; it’s the same 100 billion neurons housed in a…


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