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“Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an ‘intelligence explosion,’ and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.” ~ I.J. Good
Self improving machines will lead to a whole system transition impacting all aspects of human affairs.
Today’s food for your brain is a a 2007 lecture by Steve Omohundro at the Stanford University Computer Systems Colloquium covering fundamental principles of “self-improving systems,” i.e., computer software and hardware that improve themselves by learning from their own operation. Listen all the way to the discussion at the end of the video where Steve covers some of the more interesting implications of self improving machines.
Good, I. J. (1965), Franz L. Alt and Morris Rubinoff, ed., “Speculations Concerning the First Ultraintelligent Machine”, Advances in Computers (Academic Press) 6: 31–88, archived from the original on 2001-05-27, retrieved 2007-08-07