Will rapidly advancing road to artificial superintelligence leave mankind behind?

Everyone has encountered or experienced artificial intelligence (AI) in one way or another. What was once simply a dream of science-fiction writers and computer researchers decades ago has now turned into a rapidly progressing field encompassing computer scientists, psychologists, physiologists and neuroscientists. Most forms of AI today are what is known as “narrow AI.” Essentially, these are AIs that are programmed for one particular purpose and excel in that focus. However, the goal of AI researchers for a long time has been to develop “general AI” (AGI). This AI would be able to outperform humans in all cognitive functions. It was initially thought that constructing a superintelligence would take centuries; however, milestones predicted to take decades are being reached right now. As recently as November of last year, for example,…


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