Species of Mind

author: Vernor Vinge, Department of Computer Science, San Diego State University
published: Sept. 1, 2010,   recorded: July 2010,   views: 757
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More than any other animal, we humans invent ways to outsource cognitive function. We've been doing this for a long time. For instance, writing is an outsourcing of memory; money is a scalar that allows the comparison of vastly different objects.

During the last century, the outsourcing process has become more diverse and intense. The range of our recent activities is leading toward a number of "different kinds" of superhuman intelligence.

In this presentation, I'll discuss several different paths to superintelligence, their relative power, the transformations they might create, and how humans might deal with them.

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