Documenting the Coming Singularity

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Self-Improving Artificial Intelligence - A paper by Stephen M. Omohundro, Ph.D.

Here is a brief excerpt from a fascinating paper delivered at the Singularity Summit of 2007...

Our technology is likely to eventually become powerful enough to improve itself without human intervention. When this occurs, it will lead to a dramatic increase in the pace of technological progress. Irving Good [1] envisioned the consequences in 1965:

Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligentmachine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an ‘intelligence explosion,’ and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.

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