Thursday, February 20, 2014

Compters That Outthink Their Programmers (Us)

In response to the following post: A computer has composed a math proof bigger than Wikipedia. The problem is, humans are incapable of checking it.
So computers have finally produced a proof which is beyond human capacity to check. Exciting and disturbing. It opens up the potential for all manner of new knowledge, yet at the same time it means that we may never really understand that knowledge and be forced to accept or reject it on (dare I say it?) faith.

All in all, I'm not terribly worried about computers taking over from the human race. I'm a lot more concerned about human computer cyborgs becoming the new superior humans.  The wealthy will be able to afford better implants…You get the idea.

Still, once computers begin designing the next generation of computers, and so on and so on; natural selection should step in.  

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