The Singularity with Michio Kaku and Ray Kurzweil

Recently world-renowned theoretical physicist, Doctor Michio Kaku, sat down for an interview with world-renowned artificial intelligence Doctor Ray Kurzweil, to talk about The Singularity; who is at the forefront of artificial intelligence and robotics.

The two geniuses talked about how soon computer intelligence will soon surpass us and the possible outcomes of this.

This took place in a June 7th interview on Doctor Michio Kaku’ radio program…

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9 thoughts on “The Singularity with Michio Kaku and Ray Kurzweil

  1. There are numerous works of science fiction which are based on an alien civilisation which is much more technologically advanced than human civilisation and which considers the human population to be inferior. Of course, advanced intelligence does not necessarily equate with advanced “qualia (;” i.e., love and hate, emotions, ethics, an appreciation of beauty, compassion, empathy, etc. Indeed I would argue that whatever kind of intelligences are responsible for our game of war, poverty, monopoly and human suffering must be our “inferiors” in terms of empathy and compassion.

  2. All forms of computer software without exception, are by default, forms of artificial intelligence. Many software programs are already much smarter than human intelligence in specific ways. For example, Microsoft Excel and Access can perform calculations in a millisecond without any errors, and which could take a human accountant / bookkeeper many hours or days to calculate, and which would probably not be consistently error free. However, these are software programs which are all “specific” to a particular area, whereas the human consciousness program is multi-tasking and can perform numerous functions which Excel cannot. Although we think of Microsoft Windows as a singular program, from a programmers perspective it is not; it is a multitude of different programs which perform different functions. AGI and ASI are likely also not going to be a singular program, but rather a multitude of programs packaged as an integrated unit. So yes AI will eventually be smarter (if it is not already) than the human consciousness program (which also seems to be a multitude of programs).

  3. The singularity could happen and now is the time to start thinking about it. However, it is also quite possible that “super-intelligent” machines might have zero interest in building still more intelligent machines. Turing’s Nightmares, available on Amazon, has a number of possible scenarios in which advanced AI chooses other goals.

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