Have you ever seen I-Robot? Do you ever think about what will happen with the world when we actually create technology that is smarter than human intelligence? The topic of technological singularity describes a point in the future where technologies such as artificial intelligence, will become so smart that it can actually redefine itself. The singularity institute describes it this way,
“Human intelligence is the foundation of human technology; all technology is ultimately the product of intelligence. If technology can turn around and enhance intelligence, this closes the loop, creating a positive feedback effect. Smarter minds will be more effective at building still smarter minds. This loop appears most clearly in the example of an Artificial Intelligence improving its own source code”
Ultimately, what they are saying is that we are creating a cycle. Humans are very intelligent and create new technologies, when new technologies are capable of reproducing or reinventing more intelligence then who knows what might happen? Will there be an Armageddon? Will Arnold Schwarzenegger come back from the future and save us? As of now it’s safe to say that we don’t know how to create technology with human intelligence, so we don’t have to worry for the next couple decades but, this topic is a fun one to imagine.
Do you think a technology explosion is possible? What do you think would happen if super-intelligence is created?