The Singularity – Unpredictable future or fake news?

The Register published an article naming the singularity as the 2016’s fake news.

Some scientists claim The Technological Singularity will come at one point, when other says we cannot exceed human intelligence, ever,. We can asymptotically approach it, but exceed it.

This is also what we say about the speed of light.

The Singularity

The Singularity is the hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization. According to this hypothesis, an upgradable intelligent agent (such as a computer software-based artificial general intelligence) would enter a runaway reaction of self-improvement cycles, with each new and more intelligent generation appearing more and more rapidly, causing an intelligence explosion and resulting in a powerful superintelligence that would, qualitatively, far surpass all human intelligence.

For those who accept the possibility of the singularity – a date in the not-so-distant future when machine intelligence outstrips our own and goes on to improve itself at an exponential rate – this is fighting talk.

For many who attended the debate, the singularity is better thought of as an acceleration of human progress, despite being fueled by a near-future technological breakthrough. For them, it’s all about putting human and artificial minds together to solve real-world problems.

Controversy

Ultimately, it is hard to predict what a major breakthrough in AI will bring.

“The reason they call it the singularity is that it’s a point beyond which you cannot see,” says Mehmet Akten “Once machines reach human levels of intelligence, you can’t begin to imagine what’s going to happen.”

The Register has a different point of view about Artificial Intelligence, calling it as 2016’s fake news.

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