So, guess who forgot to write a blog post for today? D’oh.
I realized it a few minutes ago.
Luckily, I had just finished a fascinating TED talk by Nick Bostrom about what could happen when our computers become smarter than we are. It’s about 16 minutes long. I listened to it while doing other things. It’s not the sort of thing that requires you to watch the video as well if you really don’t want to.
Nick makes some good points, but the science fiction writer in me kept zooming back to the worst case scenario for all of the things he thinks will change when AI becomes superintelligent. He acknowledged the importance of giving the computers extremely specific goals. It still sounds like something that could terribly wrong in a heartbeat, though.
I know there are some science buffs who follow this blog. What do you think of his ideas?