Calling it Now: Intelligence Explosion by 2020

And I’m most certainly NOT talking about in humans! Lol. No, I’m talking about the kind disccussed by Nick Bostrom in his book on artificial intelligence called “Superintelligence.” In it, he talks about a scenario whereby AI is able to improve itself, recursively, and very quickly advances to AGI, which stands for Artificial General Intelligence: a system that can perform at least as well as a human on any cognitive task, and very quickly outperforms humans.

So today, I see this article:

https://www.hpcwire.com/2019/03/13/ibm-intel-papers-report-ai-breakthroughs-for-quantum-science/

Basically, it says that IBM would like to leverage quantum computing to improve AI, and Intel would like to use AI to improve quantum computing. Or maybe it’s the other way around. No matter. What does matter is the kind of feedback cycle we have here. And given the fact that I believe, as do others, that the human brain is essentially a kind of quantum computer, and that’s one of the characteristics that set it us apart from machine learning at this time – well…

“This time” could soon be coming to an end. In fact I was just watching a show the other day where they were talking about how they predicted it would be at least 20 years before an AI system could learn the Chinese game Go (this was back in 2015). Then, less than a year later, not only had AI learned it, it played against the world champion and beat him. And according to experts, Go takes much more creativity and even intuition than games like chess. And that was 4 years ago now.

I’m not saying it’s time to panic, and in fact, the general public might not know for quite some time after that milestone has been reached. But what I can say is it is definitely coming. Those skeptics who said it would never happen greatly underestimated the mysteries and power present in the quantum world and the changes they would start to affect on our world.

As Above, So Below. As Below, So Above. Hang on to your seats – this ride is about to speed up.

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