Calling it Now: Intelligence Explosion by 2020

And I’m most certainly NOT talking about in humans! Lol. No, I’m talking about the kind disccussed by Nick Bostrom in his book on artificial intelligence called “Superintelligence.” In it, he talks about a scenario whereby AI is able to improve itself, recursively, and very quickly advances to AGI, which stands for Artificial General Intelligence: a system that can perform at least as well as a human on any cognitive task, and very quickly outperforms humans.

So today, I see this article:

Basically, it says that IBM would like to leverage quantum computing to improve AI, and Intel would like to use AI to improve quantum computing. Or maybe it’s the other way around. No matter. What does matter is the kind of feedback cycle we have here. And given the fact that I believe, as do others, that the human brain is essentially a kind of quantum computer, and that’s one of the characteristics that set it us apart from machine learning at this time – well…

“This time” could soon be coming to an end. In fact I was just watching a show the other day where they were talking about how they predicted it would be at least 20 years before an AI system could learn the Chinese game Go (this was back in 2015). Then, less than a year later, not only had AI learned it, it played against the world champion and beat him. And according to experts, Go takes much more creativity and even intuition than games like chess. And that was 4 years ago now.

I’m not saying it’s time to panic, and in fact, the general public might not know for quite some time after that milestone has been reached. But what I can say is it is definitely coming. Those skeptics who said it would never happen greatly underestimated the mysteries and power present in the quantum world and the changes they would start to affect on our world.

As Above, So Below. As Below, So Above. Hang on to your seats – this ride is about to speed up.

AI Wants to Play with You

No, seriously. The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (the “Allen” being Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft) has a Pictionary style game online where you can literally play with AI:

Play Pictionary with AI

It’s actually a lot of fun, and will give you an insight into just how good AI is getting at understanding shapes, phrases, etc. I’m a pretty terrible artist – even my stick figures look bad lol – and I am amazed at how well it guesses what I’m trying to draw. You can play either side: draw, and have it guess, or – and I find this one particularly fascinating – let it “draw,” and you guess the phrase.

It’s one thing to read about the progress of AI – another thing entirely to actually experience for yourself, and have fun while doing it. Give it a shot, and leave a comment below to let me know what you thought. Cheers!