Turning tech into a god is seriously bad news

Brain beats AI, hands down John Lund/Getty By Jessica Hamzelou “Artificial intelligence is already here,” says Christopher Kutarna, political scientist of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. “The real question is: where are we on the spectrum? How capable are the autonomous brains we’ve created?” I’m sitting on a hay bale in a large white tent waiting to find out. Kutarna is debating “the road to artificial superintelligence” with AI consultant Robert Smith, Matthew Taylor of the RSA and John Lloyd, producer of TV show QI and former housemate of author Douglas Adams. And they couldn’t have picked a nicer setting – a cool tent on a hot summer’s day, in a field in Oxfordshire, during the Wilderness festival. Before we can figure out how intelligent computers…


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