Modelling the singularity

Here in the UK, the BBC’s Panorama programme staged a deep dive into the subject of artificial intelligence and robotics on Monday, thoroughly spooking most of this particular correspondent’s friends and family list, taking as it did the subject firmly into the mainstream. But, before anyone gets too freaked out, it’s worth taking some time to digest the following new research paper by William D. Nordhaus from Yale University’s department of economics, by way of the NBER working paper series (our emphasis): What are the prospects for long-run economic growth? The present study looks at a recently launched hypothesis, which I label Singularity. The idea here is that rapid growth in computation and artificial intelligence will cross some boundary or Singularity after which economic growth will accelerate sharply as an…


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