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  •  The fun thing about the singularity (2+ / 0-)
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    Stwriley, RiveroftheWest

    is that its literally impossible for us to imagine what will happen. Once we design a machine that can design and create machines more powerful than itself, everything we knew no longer matters.

    But ive thought about this and I realized something, the one thing that we'll always have that such a system never could: We created it without knowing if it was possible to do so.

    And that will always be true, and it'll always be something it cannot do. yay!

    conversations that make no sense are one of the things that make conservatives so attractive.

    by kamrom on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:52:32 AM PDT

    •  I'm a skeptic... (1+ / 0-)
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      of the whole idea. The very concept of singularity is one of those things that sounds possible on the surface, but when you dig into it starts to look more and more unlikely. The first problem that every critic looks to is probably the one that will render the whole concept unattainable: intelligence is not just raw processing power and the rise of singularity can't be predicted just by the accelerating curve of technological development, even when only considering computing power. No matter how fast or sophisticated computers become, no matter the complexity we design into software, it is not even certain that we'll achieve real artificial intelligence of any kind, much less the far more complex set of interactions and internal processes needed to produce singularity. It's a long-shot kind of idea, at the fringes of the possible at best and hardly the inevitability that people like Kurzweil and other futurists like to claim.

      When we actually have more of the potential building blocks in place (and there's no sign that even that will happen any time soon) then we might need to start worrying about how we'll deal with our robot overlords. Until then, I'll spend my time worrying about the activities of our very human would-be overlords as they try to reduce most of us to a condition no intelligent machine or human would ever willingly accept for themselves.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 03:44:31 PM PDT

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