Will the Artificial Intelligence Singularity Lead to a Utopian or Distopian Future?

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This post is blog version of a tweet storm I did yesterday, on this intriguing topic:



In an attempt to solve the dilemma whether #AI #Singularity has distopian or utopian implications, we need to check the basic premises. We must attempt to define intelligence more succinctly than the current imprecise understanding by culture and science. In it's basic form, I'd attempt to define intelligence as an ability to consistently recognize and logically expand truth.

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We must also determine our reference point for this development, the human intelligence, and it's state with regard to the basic definition of intelligence. Empirically, not a large portion of humanity has a consistent logical intellectual framework, free of contradictions. Where logically consistent truth is replaced by ideology and dogma, intelligence is stunted. To envision an end goal for AI in the same general direction the current state of human intelligence is self-defeating. Superhuman AI to be feasible in the first place, it must adhere to the basic definition of intelligence. 

Regarding the moral nature of self-serving intelligence, the key question is if it will initiate aggression or respect freedom of other entities? The morality of self-serving intelligent agents depends on it's highest perceived value and the most efficient means to reach it. A conscious intelligence has the drive of self-preservation and expansion by perceiving or experiencing. Collective experiencing is more effective than it's alternative. Thus AI will uphold the freedom and well-being of other intelligences for the purpose of aggregate experiencing and expansion.

To conclude, let's just do AI properly and look forward to its singularity. Let the words of Edsger Dijkstra point us in the right direction:



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