What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Nick Bostrom is a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford and a leading thinker in the field of artificial intelligence.

He believes that although there are potentially great benefits from AI, he also warns that it might very quickly transform into a Superintelligence that would deliberately extinguish humanity out of precautionary self-preservation or some unfathomable motive, making solving the problems of control beforehand an absolute priority.

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds – within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. And then, says Bostrom, it will overtake us:

“Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.”

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