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Rise of the machines

Asher Moses, SMH | July 19, 2012
One of the founding engineers of Skype and Kazaa is in Australia to sound a warning to the human race: fasten your seatbelts, as machines are becoming so intelligent that they could pose an existential threat.

"If you build machines that understand what humans are and they really have some distorted view of what we want, then we might end up being alive but not controlling the future," he said.

"For example if the skill is to make sure that people are happy and the way the super intelligence is supposed to measure that is how many smiles are on the planet, the easiest way to achieve that is to sedate everyone and make sure their faces are stuck in a cramp or smiling."

Thankfully for us, there is an alternative to this Orwellian doom. We can harness super intelligence to work for us.

"Once you have something that is smarter than you and is actively on your side, you can basically solve any problems really quickly."

Further reading:

Singularity Institute - http://singularity.org

Facing The Singularity - http://facingthesingularity.com/

 

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