A World of Views

Abstract

How would a human hundreds or thousands times more intelligent than the brightest human ever born till now be like? We must admit we can hardly guess. A human being of such intelligence will be so radically different from us that it can hardly, if at all, be recognized as human. If we had to go back along the evolutionary tree to identify a creature 1000 times less intelligent than the average contemporary human, we will have to go really far back. Would it be a kind of a lizard? An insect perhaps? How if so can we aspire to have a grasp of something a thousand times more intelligent than us? When it comes to intelligence, even the very attempt to quantify it is highly misleading. Now if we attend to a seemingly adjacent question, how would a machine with such intelligence capacity be like? Even coming up with an approximate metaphor is already a huge stretch of imagination, coming to mean that almost anything goes... How would a society of such super intelligent agents, be they human, machines or an amalgam of both be like? Well, here we are transported into the realm of pure speculation. Technological Singularity is referred to as the event of artificial intelligence surpassing the intelligence of humans and shortly after augmenting itself far beyond that. It is no wonder that the originally mathematical concept of singularity has become the symbol of an event so disruptive and so far reaching that it is impossible to conceptually or even metaphorically grasp, even less to predict. We do not know whether a Singularity will ever happen or what it will be like. Yet, the disruptive events already taking place in our lifetime at an ever

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@inproceedings{Veitas2013AWO, title={A World of Views}, author={Viktoras Veitas and David Weinbaum}, year={2013} }