Killer robots? Superintelligence? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

“Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings, who won a record 74 consecutive games, cracks his knuckles before starting a practice match against another “Jeopardy!” champion: an IBM computer called “Watson.” (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about robot intelligence. Need a primer? Catch up here. Dileep George is an artificial intelligence and neuroscience researcher. In 2010, George and D. Scott Phoenix co-founded Vicarious, an AI research company focused on developing software that can think and learn like the human brain. As an artificial intelligence researcher, there are two questions I am often asked. Will human-level artificial intelligence — also called artificial general intelligence — be reached soon? And will it be dangerous? If you…


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