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The Singularity is Far

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Short presentation, "The Singualrity is Far," by Kevin B. Korb.

Korb does agree that a Technological Singularity is quite possible. He summarises I. J. Good's famous quote on the Intelligence Explosion—"In other words, A.I. implies Super A.I." But Korb addresses what he calls "arrogant optimism": mistaken predictions that people have made in the past with regard to Super A.I., such as:

  • The only computer scientist to win a nobel prize Herbert Simon, 1959 said that AI would be around the corner in 10 years—would be competing for a nobel prize.
  • Alan Turing (founder of both comp sci and A.I.) said that the turing test would be passed by 2000.