Documenting the Coming Singularity

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Are You Conversing with an Artificial Intelligence?

Many people wonder: Will the first artificial general intelligence come upon us with great fanfare, or quietly and beneath our notice? According to this "leading web tycoon," it could be the latter, and very soon you won't know if you're interacting on the web with a human or an AI.

The emergence of artificial intelligence is to transform the Internet industry and social networking over the next decade, Russia's leading web tycoon said in an interview on Tuesday.

The low-profile Yury Milner, chairman in the rapidly expanding Internet firm and CEO of DST Global investment company who built minority stakes in Facebook and other Western firms, made the comments in an rare interview with Vedomosti.

"I think that in 10 years if you ask a question on a social network and you get an answer you will not know if a computer or a person has answered you," Milner told the financial daily.

"When you receive a question, you will not know if it has been asked by a person or an artificial intelligence. And by answering you help the computer create an algorithm."

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