It seems like every week there’s a new doomsday theory… and the latest one, from Google, suggests that “life as we know it will end in 2045.” (apocalypse)
However, this time the prediction did not come from a conspiracy theorist or an octopus. Instead, it comes from Google’s engineering chief Ray Kurzweil, who suggested that robots “will reach human intelligence by 2029,” a move that “will change the very nature of humanity.” (Apocalypse)
Currently, artificial intelligence (AI) is limited to voice assistants like Siri and computers like Deep Blue, which have outperformed chess grandmasters (apocalypse).
Until now, no AI has completely passed the infamous Turing test, which tests a machine’s ability to display intelligence indistinguishable from that of a human. Right now we have AI that is smart to do one thing, but we expect a breakthrough in the next decade. Once you can adapt and rotate your hand in a wider variety of tasks, you will pass the Turing (apocalypse) test.
The next step will be AIS, artificial superintelligence, where machines are smarter and stronger than humans (apocalypse).
And this new era of robots is coming faster than expected with Google predicting that the machine will be as powerful as the human brain by 2029, with 2045 being the year that everything will change (apocalypse).
No one knows exactly what this will mean for humanity, but we’ve seen enough science fiction to realize that this may not be good news. We doubt Kurzweil is imagining a Terminator-like dystopian nightmare, but there’s a theory that the AI will act to preserve itself at the expense of humans (apocalypse).
Seeing as people are continually glued to screens anyway, are we really that far from humans and machines being the same? (Apocalypse)