I’VE HEARD THAT in the future computerized AIs will become so much smarter than us that they will take all our jobs and resources, and humans will go extinct. Is this true? That’s the most common question I get whenever I give a talk about AI. The questioners are earnest; their worry stems in part from some experts who are asking themselves the same thing.
These folks are some of the smartest people alive today and they believe this scenario could be true. Recently at a conference convened to discuss AI issues, a panel of nine of the most informed gurus agreed this superhuman intelligence was inevitable and not far away.
Yet buried in this scenario are five assumptions which are not based on any evidence. These claims might be true in the future, but not today.
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