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Old 19th March 2019, 04:00 PM   #149
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Originally Posted by Tassman View Post
I haven’t read that one (sounds like my type of book) but Ray Kurzweil’s ‘The Age of Spiritual Machines’ is also a compelling read.

Kurzweil believes evolution provides evidence that humans will one day create machines more intelligent than they are. He presents his law of accelerating returns to explain why "key events" happen more frequently as time marches on. He also explains why the computational capacity of computers is increasing exponentially and that this increase is one ingredient in the creation of artificial intelligence; the others are automatic knowledge acquisition and algorithms like recursion, neural networks, and genetic algorithms. (paraphrased from the blurb)
Thanks Tassman, will check this one out.

One of the things that make sense to me out of Life 3.0 was his descriptions of what's needed for intelligence at a physical level. I'll dig back into the book to find the details when I have some time but essentially we should be able to create it. It seems inevitable if we don't wind up destroying our technological society first.

I also like that it's pragmatic, the work he is doing seems important - really think now about the ways we develop AI and it's impact so that humanity isn't resigned to life's rubbish heap (not his words). He recognises that when AI will emerge is difficult to predict but based on surveying the AI community the average currently falls in the mid part of this century.

The book also looks at the consciousness aspect - that it's a bit of a red herring. Competence is the key. I agree here, if AI is able to do anything better than we can, what do we do?
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