HomeFAQSearchRegisterMemberlistUsergroupsLog in

Share | 
 

 Computers will be smarter than us ...

Go down 
AuthorMessage
skelet0n
Admin
Admin
avatar

Male
Number of posts : 354
Age : 33
Location : Cemetery
Job/hobbies : Playing Computer Games
Registration date : 2007-10-09

PostSubject: Computers will be smarter than us ...   Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:14 pm

Techies Ponder Computers Smarter Than Us
By Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press




SAN FRANCISCO (AP)--According to futurists gathered Saturday for a weekend conference, information technology is hurtling toward a point where machines will become smarter than their makers. If that happens, it will alter what it means to be human in ways almost impossible to conceive, they say.

"The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity" brought together hundreds of Silicon Valley techies and scientists to imagine a future of self-programming computers and brain implants that would allow humans to think at speeds nearing today's microprocessors.

Artificial intelligence researchers at the summit warned that now is the time to develop ethical guidelines for ensuring these advances help rather than harm.

"We and our world won't be us anymore," Rodney Brooks, a robotics professor at MIT told the audience. When it comes to computers, he said, "who is us and who is them is going to become a different sort of question."

Eliezer Yudkowsky, co-founder of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, researches on "friendly artificial intelligence." His greatest fear, he said, is that a brilliant inventor creates a self-improving but amoral artificial intelligence that turns hostile.

High-tech entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil in his 2005 book "The Singularity is Near," argues that the exponential pace of technological progress makes the emergence of smarter-than-human intelligence the future's only logical outcome.

Kurzweil, director of the Singularity Institute, is so confident in his predictions of the singularity that he has even set a date: 2029.

In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore accurately predicted that the number of transistors on a chip should double about every two years. By comparison, according Singularity Institute researchers, the entire evolution of modern humans from primates has resulted in only a threefold increase in brain capacity.

Some critics have mocked singularists for their obsession with "techno-salvation" and "techno-holocaust"--or what some wags have called the coming "nerdocalypse." Their predictions are grounded as much in science fiction as science, the detractors claim, and may never come to pass.

But advocates argue it would be irresponsible to ignore the possibility of dire outcomes.

"Technology is heading here," Yudkowsky said. "The mere fact that you cannot predict exactly when it will happen down to the day is no excuse for closing your eyes and refusing to think about it."

_________________
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://ucbsit2007.forumotion.com
 
Computers will be smarter than us ...
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Einstein was even smarter than people think...
» How far would you go?

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
 :: Information Technology Related :: Technology and The Rest-
Jump to: