Artificial Super-intelligence Poses an Existential Threat to Mankind

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Artificial super-intelligence. Billed to be one of the largest advancements in our technological capabilities as yet to be achieved within the current century. Over 80% of experts in the field predict the emergence of such computational genius to occur within the next 5-100 years with the median estimate being around 2045. The prospect sounds fantastic with limitless potential for good but could it in fact spell doom for human civilisation as we know it?

What is artificial super-intelligence?

Firstly, let’s define what is meant by « artificial super-intelligence ». The author of the soon to be published book ‘Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies’, Prof. Nick Bostrom of Oxford University, talks of super-AI as being the point at which even the best of human minds are radically exceeded in terms of creativity, wisdom and social capability by a synthetic mind through the utilisation of complex mathematical algorithms and data structures which may or may…

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