THE IMPACT ON SOCIETY OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Most AI researchers believe that the first machine with human-level cognition is likely to be created this century. If and when that happens, it will be closely followed by the arrival of the world’s first super-intelligence, and humans will become the second smartest species on the planet.
Some decades before then, intelligent machines may well render most humans unemployable.
If they happen, the arrival of technological unemployment, and then superintelligence, will be the most profound developments in human history. The outcomes can be wonderful for mankind – if it rises to the challenges they present.
*****Calum Chace is a best-selling writer and sought-after speaker on artificial intelligence. He focuses on the medium- and long-term impact of AI on mankind, our societies and our economies.
His non-fiction books on AI are The Economic Singularity, about the prospect of widespread technological unemployment, and Surviving AI, about strong AI and superintelligence. These are combined and updated in Artificial Intelligence and the Two Singularities. He also wrote Pandora’s Brain, a techno-thriller about the first superintelligence. He has given hundreds of talks about the future impact of AI to audiences around the world, and runs a blog on the subject at www.pandoras-brain.com.
He is co-founder of a think tank focused on the future of jobs, called the Economic Singularity Club. The ESC is publishing Stories from 2045, a book of short stories on the subject.
Before becoming a full-time writer and speaker, Calum had a 30-year career in journalism and in business, as a marketer, a strategy consultant and a CEO. Before that, he studied philosophy at Oxford University, which confirmed his suspicion that the science fiction he had been reading since boyhood is actually philosophy in fancy dress.