Grand CanyonThis blog is about the possibility that the first machine with human-level cognition may be created within a few decades.

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.

The Superintelligence page on this site and then the Links page will also give you plenty of food for thought.  There are also interviews and talks here.

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

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Greetings Calum,
    I found your site. It is quite interesting and well thought through.
    Just a consideration for you. I am a SW developer, but my nature is biologist. I have a knack for genes. I am quite familiar with Kurzweil’s ideas and other related topics, but what if I told you that there is a topic as large that no one has even looked at? Obviously, it must be the genes, but you would probably be a bit surprised at what I found. It changes a lot of things, but more importantly it creates a new understanding of what humans are. I just completed a book on it and am working n publishing it, though at this point, the end, I want to redo the introduction first. If you want to see an older version, it is at http://www.diver.net/seahunt/p/p_trans.htm
    I am on your mailing list now, looking forward to your updates.
    Regards, Mike Breeden

  2. Hi Calum,

    I’d like to speak to you about a documentary we are making about the future – please could you send me your email address?

    Thanks, Nick

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