AI: the biggest threat yet?

Fans of the popular Terminator movie franchise will recall the chilling moment in the series’ second outing when the Arnold Schwarzenegger character explains that all went wrong when an utterly superior AI system took over the world by starting nuclear war-and the rest was history indeed.

Ever since the ground-breaking work of Alan Turing, thinking persons have nursed the secret dread that one day there will be artificial intelligences which can out smart us at every turn. Humanity will be driven rapidly into second place, and its survival options look grim. If this prospect scares you, turn away now-for a new book has come to our attention which discusses this very real scenario. Along with some brighter ones, we admit. We’ll let Amazon introduce their product The Age of AI and our Human Future by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher as below:

An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analyzing molecular properties human scientists did not understand. Now, AI-powered jets are defeating experienced human pilots in simulated dogfights. AI is coming online in searching, streaming, medicine, education, and many other fields and, in so doing, transforming how humans are experiencing reality.

In The Age of AI, three leading thinkers have come together to consider how AI will change our relationships with knowledge, politics, and the societies in which we live. The Age of AI is an essential roadmap to our present and our future, an era unlike any that has come before.

But what impresses us is the track record of the heavyweight authors That’s right, it’s the Henry Kissinger, the man who used to rule the world when Terry Jacks was top of the UK Hit Parade with Seasons in the Sun and the most advanced IT you could buy was a quadraphonic HiFi set.

We include a slightly jaundiced review by Kevin Roose of the New York Times.[1] for balance. But basically Henry and the boys are on to something, we think. And remember this-if you thought AI was dangerous, wait for quantum computing, which is actually up and running. Plus ca change!

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we thank Mr Peter Seymour of Hertfordshire for this story

#AI #quantum computing #henry Kissinger #technology #future

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