University of Louisville professor ponders the rise of artificial intelligence — and what might go wrong

Can humans control a god? The question encapsulates the central problem of the technological singularity, the point at which artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. The speed with which humans are improving A.I. is increasing, but once the singularity occurs, A.I. will create better A.I. at an exponential rate. Think new iterations of software in a matter of seconds, not months. Imagine the capabilities of an artificial intelligence whose computational capability exceeds that of all humans combined — and a few seconds later of all humans who have ever lived. It could cure cancer in nanoseconds. Could, in fact, cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and ebola in a fraction of a second. Could open wormholes to distant stars. Could time travel. Could do things of which we cannot even conceive. Or…


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