When Artificial Intelligence Became Smarter than Human Brain

I read a book “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” by Ray Kurzweil recently. The book mentions the time of artificial intelligence being smarter than human brain will come in just 2-3 decades due to the exponential technology growth rate. Personally I think the prediction is too optimistic. However my real question is whether this thing is good to human society and civilization. The golden grail of computer science is to make the computer create and self-improve the program automatically. But every few people fully know the consequence when the computing machines became smarter than humans. I just ponder on the simple case of doing my job. As a software architect I feel thrilled to have the machine designing, implementing and delivering my dream products automatically. Even better, the machine could improve my architecture plan, the product concept and marketing strategy. This will lead to the very critical issue of judgment and belief. My job requires me to judge the future technology and business trend, come out the product plan and execute the plan with full belief. When a computer threw me a different product plan, how could I convince myself it is definitely a right plan and permit the computer to act on it? If the machine was more powerful than me, it surely could ignore my objection and still proceed. Then the situation of Terminator movie became not so obscure. Therefore humans need to engrave some machine ethic rules on all the future intelligent computers. One of the ethic rules is to obey the human master(s) always. This comes back to the judgment issue again. The inferior intelligent humans make the final call. Therefore the ultimate progress is still bound by the inferior intelligence. This is not good but acceptable. The fundamantal issue is the required absolute perfectness of the machine ethic rules regulation. A trivial defect or violation of the regulation would cascade exponentially to become a singular moment of destroying the entire human society. I also call that “The Singularity Is Near”.
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Maybe these smart computers will look forward to a day when humans are harnessed to do their work for them a la Amazon's Mechanical Turk ? ;-)

Posted by Kevin Hutchinson on January 05, 2006 at 12:21 PM PST #

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