When…”we’re no longer the smartest things around”

IBM simulates 530 billion neurons, 100 trillion synapses on supercomputer @ Kurzweilai.net …the race towards a true artificial intelligence organism goes on. Please check also the Blue Brain Project at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

‘Center For Study Of Existential Risk,’ Proposed Research Group, Wants To Examine Evil Computers @ Huffington Post …meanwhile, at Cambridge University a new research center devoted to assessing the existential risks that humanity faces in this century is being planned. “A proposed Center for the Study of Existential Risk will bring together experts to consider the ways in which super intelligent technology, including artificial intelligence, could “threaten our own existence,” the institution said Sunday.”

“In the case of artificial intelligence, it seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology,” Cambridge philosophy professor Huw Price said. When that happens, “we’re no longer the smartest things around,” he said, and will risk being at the mercy of “machines that are not malicious, but machines whose interests don’t include us.”

The university said Sunday the center’s launch is planned next year.

Hollywood predicted and warned us about it long ago

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