The consequences would be astonishing: as Andrew Marr said in a recent TV programme, it will be the “the greatest achievement of humanity since the invention of agriculture [and it will] challenge the very idea of what it is to be human.”
Until very recently, amazingly few people were thinking about this – or even aware of it. Fortunately, that changed with the publication of Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence, and comments it prompted by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates.
My name is Calum Chace. I live in the UK and Spain. I am an author and speaker about artificial intelligence, and its likely future impact on society. My work is informed by the experience of a 30-year career in business. You can see some of my talks here.
If you are new to the idea that machine consciousness and superintelligence may be with us soon (in decades rather than centuries), my novel Pandora’s Brain and my non-fiction book Surviving AI are great places to start.
Finally, why Pandora’s Brain? In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman, and Zeus ordered her to be created to punish men for accepting the forbidden gift of fire from Prometheus. She was given a jar containing all the evils of the world. She had strict instructions never to open it, but humans are curious, so of course she did, which is exactly what Zeus intended. That is how the Greeks thought evil came into our world. But the jar also contained something else – something vital for humans: it contained hope.
“Pandora’s Brain” and “Surviving AI” are available at Amazon as ebook and paperback