Why a technological Singularity is unlikely from a scientific viewpoint

The Singularity – it’s a nightmare scenario that plays in the minds of most of us whenever we see some freaky smart tech. But should we really be concerned about machine intelligence getting out of control or is it just science fiction? This is what Toby Walsh, AI researcher at Data61, addressed at the 28th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Canberra this week. “The idea of a technological Singularity is that we are going to have runaway growth in machine intelligence and it’s going to get out of our control. Technological Singularity is about an exponential take off in machine intelligence,” Walsh explained. “At some point, we’ll design a machine with enough intelligence to redesign itself. At that point, it’ll be able to improve its intelligence and this…


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