Friday, December 20, 2013

The Tech Singularity IS Coming & the Untruths You Have Been Told About It.

Yes, a Technological Singularity.  Do I hear mutterings about...WTF is that!? so first here is what a tech singularity is....  From the IO9 article:
  • the Technological Singularity is a term used to describe the theoretical moment in time when artificial intelligence matches and then exceeds human intelligence.
However when AI surpasses that of humans, it will, by the very nature of Moore's law, evolve into SAI or super AI.   

for the most part they are referring to John Von Neuman who said:
  •  "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue."
But through all this interesting discussion, some misleading information and ideas have disseminating as well.  Such as, the Tech Singularity will not happen.  But if we look at Moore's Law, instead of slowing down, the doubling capacity and halving the size seems to go on unabated.  

Next is the opinion that SAI will be self aware.   I find that a bit unlikely.  They will be fast with processors beyond comprehension.  Mate that with ultra dense instruction sets  and you will have a system that can emulate consciousness and might even be able to fool a Turing Test   but human and machine intelligence is markedly different systems.   

SAIs will be friendly....As the article says that many believe that as intelligence increases so will empathy and benevolence.  Now I am not saying that the AIs in Terminator were in any way indicative, but I think this is more an option just for the reason that both empathy and benevolence require introspection and a system of ethics neither of which is something that instantly manifests itself in a vacuum.  No, I suspect that a SAI will neither be inherently friendly nor will it develop a self agenda. 

The IO9 article goes on to make several more points that are very thought provoking.  You can follow this link here                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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