From Artificial Intelligence to Superintelligence: Nick Bostrom on AI & The Future of Humanity

Artificial Superintelligence or ASI, sometimes referred to as digital superintelligence is the advent of a hypothetical agent that possesses intelligence far surpassing that of the smartest and most gifted human minds. AI is a rapidly growing field of technology with the potential to make huge improvements in human wellbeing. However, the development of machines with intelligence vastly superior to humans will pose special, perhaps even unique risks.

Most surveyed AI researchers expect machines to eventually be able to rival humans in intelligence, though there is little consensus on when or how this will happen.

One only needs to accept three basic assumptions to recognize the inevitability of superintelligent AI:

– Intelligence is a product of information processing in physical systems.

– We will continue to improve our intelligent machines.

– We do not stand on the peak of intelligence or anywhere near it.

Philosopher Nick Bostrom expressed concern about what values a superintelligence should be designed to have.

Any type of AI superintelligence could proceed rapidly to its programmed goals, with little or no distribution of power to others. It may not take its designers into account at all. The logic of its goals may not be reconcilable with human ideals. The AI’s power might lie in making humans its servants rather than vice versa. If it were to succeed in this, it would “rule without competition under a dictatorship of one”. Elon Musk has also warned that the global race toward AI could result in a third world war. To avoid the ‘worst mistake in history’, it is necessary to understand the nature of an AI race, as well as escape the development that could lead to unfriendly Artificial Superintelligence.

To ensure the friendly nature of artificial superintelligence, world leaders should work to ensure that this ASI is beneficial to the entire human race.

Why do robots look like humans?

Many robots are designed with a face – like Hitchbot or Pepper robot – yet don’t use their ‘eyes’ to see, or speak through their ‘mouth’. Given that some of the more realistic humanoid robots, like Sophia, are widely considered to be unnerving, and that humans have a propensity to anthropomorphise such designs in technology, should robots have faces at all – or do these faces provide other important functions? And what should they actually look like anyway? Richard Sprenger explains

Elon Musk’s Neuralink May Help us Merge With AI & Artificial Superintelligence

Elon Musk suggests his brain machine interface company Neuralink could solve the AI control problem by offering us symbiosis with artificial intelligence. Elon has stated that an advanced AI or a digital superintelligence is the biggest existential threat to humanity. An Artificial Superintelligence or ASI could go rogue and take control over the entire planet.

Elon Musk said ultimately we can achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence. This is not a mandatory thing, this is something you can choose to have if you want. This is going to be really important at a civilization-level scale. Even in a benign AI scenario, we will be left behind. With a high-bandwidth brain machine interface we can go along for the ride and have the option of merging with AI.

Most scientists believe that AI research will at some point lead to the creation of machines that are as intelligent, or more intelligent, than human beings in every domain of interest.

Nick Bostrom has also argued that AGI could be a dangerous threat to humanity, as it may result in an unrecognized being.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink may be the only hope for humanity to avoid the extinction scenario from advanced AI.

As technology continues to improve, future iteration of Neuralink’s BMI may be able to offer us symbiosis with AI. Thus avoiding a possible digital apocalypse. However, even if one day we can merge with AI, it is by no means a silver bullet to threat of a malevolent AI going rouge and taking control over the planet. It may also be possible for an AI to come to view its human counterpart a threat and possibly consider enslavement. Or even a preemptive attack.

Neuralink’s brain implant could be used to allow humans to connect directly with artificial intelligences, a system that, if successful, could be used to help solve some of our current problems and even improve human health. If neuralink proves to work, it will be the first true neural interface, an implant that would be inserted into the human brain, allowing a person’s brain activity to directly interface with an artificially intelligent system. But as the technology is still in its infancy, we are unsure of what will happen once we finally get set up to keep communicating with AI.

The Final question is…Would you want to merge with AI if or when the possibility arrives?

What is AI? (Artificial Intelligence)

AI (Artificial Intelligence) can be a mystical and often scary topic to understand. In this video I attempt to humanize the topic and show you how A.I. isn’t as complicated as many would like you to think, and is being used in every day life in a way that many of us overlook. We are currently in the midst of an AI revolution which seems likely to expand exponentially over the coming decades. The question is not if this is going to change our world, but how?