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#Future

Tue, May 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit the future looks a little bleak, Motherboard thinks it could potentially "usher in an era of unprecedented human flourishing, happiness, and value" — assuming we don't kill ourselves off first.

Homo sapiens are currently the most intelligent species on the planet, where "intelligence" is defined as the mental capacity to attain suitable ends to achieve one's means. But this could change if scientists successfully create a machine-based general intelligence that exceeds human-level intelligence. As scholars for decades have observed, this would be the most significant event in human history, since it would entail that our collective fate would then depend more on the superintelligence than our own, just as the fate of the mountain gorilla now depends more on human actions than its own. Intelligence confers power, so a greater-than-human-level intelligence would have greater-than-human-level power over the future of our species, and the biosphere more generally.

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