Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence - The Sin­gu­lar­ity, and Be­yond

Distinguished Magazine - - CONTENTS - MADHUSUDHANAN SRIDARAN

Stan­ley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey can be briefly de­scribed as a chron­i­cle of man’s jour­ney into the next stage of his evo­lu­tion. Stan­ley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a land­mark movie in a mul­ti­tude of ways. Not only is it eons ahead of its time, it is a tech­ni­cal mar­vel, and a terse med­i­ta­tion on the ul­ti­mate fate of hu­man­ity in this cold and bar­ren uni­verse of ours. The movie can be briefly de­scribed as a chron­i­cle of man’s jour­ney into the next stage of his evo­lu­tion—the AI rev­o­lu­tion is one of the ma­jor steps in this trans­for­ma­tive process. Up un­til even a cen­tury ago, hu­man­ity was a tech­no­log­i­cally in­fan­tile species.

The de­vices of to­day were prac­ti­cally un­fath­omable then, and the av­er­age per­son from 1918 would have great dif­fi­culty in un­der­stand­ing the very con­cept of the in­ter­net. It is in­deed a tes­ta­ment to the speed of tech­no­log­i­cal evo­lu­tion that we’ve come so far along in a mere cen­tury.

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