Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Linux creator Linus Torvalds pooh-poohs the Technological Singularity | Naked Security

Tangentially, see The Real Threat Posed by Powerful Computers (NYT) on "artificial stupidity"
"The famously blunt Finn declared to readers of Slashdot that everything's going to be fine - we'll always be smarter than our dishwashers:
'We'll get AI, and it will almost certainly be through something very much like recurrent neural networks...

So I'd expect just more of (and much fancier) rather targeted AI, rather than anything human-like at all. Language recognition, pattern recognition, things like that. I just don't see the situation where you suddenly have some existential crisis because your dishwasher is starting to discuss Sartre with you.

The whole "Singularity" kind of event? Yeah, it's science fiction, and not very good SciFi at that, in my opinion. Unending exponential growth? What drugs are those people on? I mean, really.'"
Linux creator Linus Torvalds pooh-poohs the Technological Singularity | Naked Security
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