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Your first question is the same that I asked of several speakers, prior to the conference.

Dr. Rodney Brooks, MIT Professor of Robotics, answered with his own question: do you think in 1783, when the creation of aviation was proven successful by manned flights of the hot air balloon, that they could even imagine, lest predict what the future of aviation would bring?

Dr. Brooks' point to me was strong: we cannot predict, we cannot put a timeline on this.

Indeed, I believe it is already here: virtual worlds (SL), Mirror Worlds (Google Earth), nanotechnology and so on.

I echo your closing statement and would add that, in order to make that happen (use AI properly, and understand it before we release it to the world), more of us must become involved. It is our future.

(IMO A good opportunity for that is OpenCog.org - the open source community for AI, to be launched in 2008.)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Tracy Sheridan


You are absolutely correct. From what I see, and surely a major influence on my attending the conference, the mission of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence is to explore both beneficial and ethical advancements in AI. Positive AI.

You point out an indirect, likely unintentional benefit to the advancement of AI: the power of the human spirit. I think you will like the message of Paul Saffo, about which I'll blog, shortly.

Always good to hear from you.

Seb Zar

Artificial intelligence certainly has the potential to be a menace if not controled properly, in the other hand it could represent a major step forward for the human kind.
My guess is that AI will make a lot of room for the area on which it can't be useful. What are these areas ? Everything related with emotions, feelings.. I'm thinking about the words creation, artistic expression, spirituality.
People are concerned about the intellect, although the spirit predominates in our lives. AI will make everybody understand that.
We won't be separate anymore.
( thoughts of an artistic distorted brain at 6AM just after meditation ;)


This conference you attended may have brought insight to The Singularity, but do these people ever have an idea of when this time will occur?

Some believe it could happen as soon as 5 years, 10 being more likely, while others are still on the fence about creating better than human intelligence.

Will science continue to create A.I. even if there is a public outcry for, 'Playing God?'

I think that artificial intelligence could greatly benefit mankind, as long as we use it properly, and understand it before we release it to the world.

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