Will a small tech elite pit themselves against the rest of humanity in a 21st “Artilect” war of gigadeath?
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Join us Thursday, Feb. 19 for a live interview with Dr. Hugo de Garis on the Alex Jones Radio Show. We’ll explore the possibility/inevitability of Artilects and the Artilect War and the ethical issues that apply to all scientists and engineers whether they work on AI or work for the military-industrial complex.
Much has been written about Ray Kurzweil’s prediction of “The Singularity” where advances in artificial intelligence (AI), genetics, robotics, and nanotechnology would allow man to merge with machines, with the resulting god-like cyborgs living forever.
The 2009 documentary Transcendent Man introduced the concept to the public.
Kurzweil’s accomplishments as inventor and futurist, as well as his current position as a director of engineering at Google, has given the idea credibility in scientific and academic circles.
Google seems to be following Kurzweil’s vision of the future as it has been rapidly acquiring the most promising robotics and AI companies.
While many scientists agree with Kurzweil’s premise that technology is accelerating and will soon run away exponentially, many also disagree with his utopian conclusion.
Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and others have been publicly expressing concerns that runaway AI may create a dystopian future, perhaps even the extinction of the human race.
Respected AI researcher Hugo de Garis, who ran the Artificial Brain Lab at Xiamen University until his retirement in late 2010, is decidedly in the dystopian camp.
He has referred to the “Singularity Institute” as the “Singhilarity Institute.”
Written by David Knight
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