What the experts think of malign superintelligence

Skynet is not keen on those pesky humans  Will you live long enough to see and perhaps become a slave to super-intelligent artificial intelligence? Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostrom has often made headlines with predictions that you might. “Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb,” he writes. “We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound.” His book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, was a New York Times bestseller last year, endorsed by celebrities like Tesla boss Elon Musk and Bill Gates. But what do experts in artificial intelligence think of the philosopher’s predictions? In MIT Technology Review, Oren Etzioni, a professor of computer science at the…

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