We don’t understand AI because we don’t understand intelligence

These claims are not ludicrous on their own. We’ve seen rapid advancements in technology over the past decades; we know computers are growing more powerful and more accessible by the month. Already in 2011, a supercomputer named Watson won a game of Jeopardy against two former champions, using a mixture of AI and all-important natural-language processing. The future is here and it may soon outstrip us. Kurzweil’s timeline of the technological singularity is based on the law of accelerating returns, wherein the more powerful computers become, the faster they advance. It’s a timeline of extreme exponential growth, and right now we’re smacking into the steep curve that leads to conscious machines and a world where robots are the dominant creatures on earth. That’s what Kurzweil believes. That’s what Musk, Hawking…


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