Microsoft founder Bill Gates is concerned about superintelligence. This comes from an interview in which he was asked a rather interesting question: “How much of an existential threat do you think machine superintelligence will be, and do you believe full end-to-end encryption for all internet activity can do anything to protect us from that threat (e.g. the more the machines can’t know, the better)?” This interesting news came from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Bill Gates Joins Musk and Hawking in Worry Over Machine Superintelligence.”

The answer only addressed the first half, but was still worthy of a discussion. “I am in the camp that is concerned about superintelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be superintelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”

For those of us less familiar with artificial superintelligence, it would be easy to worry about potential threats, and those do merit research.

Melody K. Smith

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