The Survival Of Man Depends On The Early Construction Of An Ultraintelligent Machine

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Introduction “The survival of man depends on the early construction of an ultraintelligent machine” (Good, 1965). As early as the 1960s renowned scientists such as Good and Neumann theorized of an “intelligence explosion,” now known as the technology singularity, resulting from intelligent machines’ designing their next generation without human intervention. This idea of artificial intelligence (AI) has grown immensely and is a common topic amongst scholars, scientists, and theorists in the mathematic and scientific world. “ The key idea underlying the impending Singularity is that the pace of change of our human-created technology is accelerating and its powers are expanding at an exponential pace. Exponential growth is deceptive. It starts out almost imperceptibly and then explodes with unexpected fury – unexpected, that is, if one does not take care to follow its trajectory” (Kurzweil, 8, 2005). Ray Kurzweil a scientist, inventor, author, and current director of engineering at Google is the leading theorist of the Singularity. So what is the singularity you ask? Most simply put Kurzweil defines it as, “a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed” (Kurzweil, 2005, 7). Currently we are in the early stages of the transition. The acceleration of the paradigm shift (the rate at which we change fundamental technical approached) as well as the exponential growth of

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