Ex-Google Exec: Artificial Intelligence is God as a Child â€” And We Must Love It
The zealots in Silicon Valley believe weâ€™re hurtling toward the Singularity. In theory, this is the inflection point when machines will become our masters. By the year 2029, they predict, artificial general intelligence will be superior to human intellect. By 2049, superintelligent machines will be a billion times smarter than any person on earth. From our meager perspective, humankind will give way to an all-encompassing digital deity.
This tech prophecy is a hard sell for skeptics. Not to worry, though. Googleâ€™s former chief business officer, Mo Gawdat, is a world-class salesman. The guy could sell a silicon stud to a gold-digger. â€œHeâ€™ll be worth a million,â€ heâ€™d tell her. â€œJust you wait and see.â€
In recent weeks, Gawdat has been selling the idea of superconscious machines along with his new book, Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save the World. His central thesis is that AI has already surpassed us in narrow tasks like chess, Go, Jeopardy!, and Atari games. In fact, he believes on some level theyâ€™re already conscious. As machine learning improves, computers will inevitably best humans in every domain.
â€œThe reality is,â€ he publicly declared, â€œweâ€™re creating God.â€
Clearly, he drank the Kurzweil Kool-Aid.
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