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What is the concept of the technological singularity?

I've heard the idea of the technological singularity, what is it and how does it relate to Artificial Intelligence? Is this the theoretical point where Artificial Intelligence machines have progressed ...
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Is the singularity something to be taken seriously?

The term Singularity is often used in mainstream media for describing visionary technology. It was introduced by Ray Kurzweil in a popular book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (...
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What is wrong with the idea that the AI will be capable of omniscience?

In the context of artificial intelligence, the singularity refers to the advent of an artificial general intelligence capable of recursive self-improvement, leading to the rapid emergence of ...
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When the AI singularity takes over, what will there be left for us to do?

Since the first Industrial revolution machines have been taking the jobs of people and automation has been a part of human social evolution for the past 3 centuries, but all in all these machines have ...
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Can a technological singularity only occur with superintelligence?

In Chapter 26 of the book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (3rd edition), the textbook discusses "technological singularity". It quotes I.J. Good, who wrote in 1965: Let an ultra-...
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Is there a theoretical maximum for intelligence?

From Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Third Edition, Chapter 26: Note that the concept of ultraintelligent machines assumes that intelligence is an especially important attribute, and if ...
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Is the singularity concept mathematically flawed? [closed]

In Comes IQ When the concept of Intelligence Quotient arose it was based on this approximation. Each human being has a number that quantifies their intelligence relative to a fixed norm, and, ...
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Is there a way to protect humanity against the impending singularity?

We are careening into the future which may hold unpredictable dangers in relation to AI. I've haven't yet heard of Chappie or Robocop style police robots, but militarized drone tech is replacing many ...
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Which government agencies oversee development of new AI?

Nick Bostrom talks in his book Superintelligence about the many dangers of AI. He considers it necessary that strong security mechanisms are put in place to ensure that a machine, once it gains ...
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How is technological progress measured?

In discussions about technological singularity and its connection to AI, graphs are often shown that depict an exponential growth in technological advancement. Often the y-axis is labeled "number of ...
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Is the singularity equivalent to the creation of God? [closed]

The definition of God a superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes I don't believe any of the Gods of the present or past are real in any way shape or form....
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Infinite Monkey Theorem

Comparing to a monkey with a keyboard creating Shakespeare a.k.a Infinity Monkey Theorem, We now have AutoML : A machine learning software that can create self-learning code. | Wiki Are we near to ...
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Is it possible to manage the evolution of super-intelligent AI?

Post singularity AI will surpass human intelligence. The evolution of AI can take any direction, some of which may not be preferable for humans. Is it possible to manage the evolution of super-...
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Can we define the AI singularity mathematically?

The "AI Singularity" or "Technological Singularity" is a vague term that roughly seems to refer to the idea of: Humans can design algorithms Humans can improve algorithms Eventually algorithms we ...
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Is a very powerful oracle sufficient to trigger the AI singularity?

Lets say we have a oracle $S$ that, given any function $F$ and desired output $y$, can find an input $x$ that causes $F$ to output $y$ if it exists, or otherwise returns nil. I.e.: $$S(F, y) = x \...
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Strong AI vs Singularity - which should happen first?

What is supposed to happen first: Strong AI or Technological Singularity? Meaning which option is more likely, that the Strong AI that will bring as to the state of technological singularity or ...
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Is the advent of a technological singularity a solution to the Fermi Paradox?

It is really all in the title. For those less familiar, the Fermi Paradox broadly speaking asks the question "where is everybody". There's an equation with a lot of difficult to estimate parameters, ...
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Will Human Cognitive Evolution Drown in Response to Artificial Intelligence?

If Human Intelligence and Creativity are Spawned from Struggle and Adversity would an Adverse-Free World of Artificial Intelligence Abduct Human Intelligence? (Google DeepDream) Simplicity is the ...
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Overoptimism in predictions about artificial intelligence?

Placing Hype and Fame Aside Marketing departments for technology corporations throw the word smart around with cavalier inaccuracy. We know, if we have written any mobile phone applications, that ...