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New Website Launches To Document The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence
As advancements in Artificial Intelligence bring us closer to a 'singularity', a point in which machines become self aware and eventually surpass our own intelligence, leading figures from the world of science and technology, including Elon Musk (SpaceX), Stephen Hawking, and Steve Wozniak (Apple), have warned of the existential threat that such 'superintelligence' may pose to the human race.
The prospect of sentient machines surpassing our own intellect has long been a popular theme in science fiction, however, as computing power continues to increase exponentially, many experts agree that is a question of when, not if, machines become self aware.
The challenge humanity faces is ensuring that when this moment arrives there are appropriate safeguards in place to ensure that such an intelligence will remain 'friendly' to humans, and that the progression is closely monitored and controlled.
AI:Spy has two main stated aims: -
- To monitor and report timeously on news and developments in Artificial Intelligence in a non technical editorial style
- To spread awareness of both the threats, and incredible opportunities that superintelligent AI presents to mankind
A superintelligent intellect has the potential to change the course of human history, and solve many (or all) of the problems currently facing the human race (hunger, disease, climate change), however, it also has the potential to bring about our extinction.
AI:Spy will ensure that the advancement in AI is closely monitored, and that the wider public are able to understand both the very real threat and amazing opportunity that this technology presents to mankind.
Head of content, David McSweeney, 34, explains: -
"Many of the greatest minds on the planet agree that is when, not if, we reach a point where digital intelligence exceeds that of biological intelligence, and that this represents the single biggest existential threat the human race has ever faced. Despite these warnings, there is still a tendency among the wider public to write this off as the stuff of science fiction fantasy, and it is our aim to ensure that we can spread the word to as many people as we can that this is both a) very real, and b) something that we may well see within our lifetime. We aim to strike a balance between warning of the threats that uncontrolled AI could bring, and, on the flip side, championing the huge possibilities that advanced, superintelligent technology would have for improving human lives."
In addition to reporting on latest Artificial Intelligence news, the site aims to eventually secure interviews with leaders in AI technology, and to disseminate information through multiple channels, with plans in place for a regular podcast, and a dedicated video channel.
"We want to bring news about AI advancement to as wide an audience as possible, and accordingly will look to spread into other forms of media at the earliest opportunity. We would also welcome contributions from experts and thought leaders in the field of AI (as well as those who have a general interest in the topic), and anyone who wishes to contribute to the site is more than welcome to reach out to us."
AI:Spy officially launched at http://ai-spy.net on the 29th July 2015 and is expected to grow rapidly over the coming months, becoming the home of Artificial Intelligence news on the internet.