Species of Mind

author: Vernor Vinge, Department of Computer Science, San Diego State University
published: Sept. 1, 2010,   recorded: July 2010,   views: 6790

Related Open Educational Resources

Related content

Report a problem or upload files

If you have found a problem with this lecture or would like to send us extra material, articles, exercises, etc., please use our ticket system to describe your request and upload the data.
Enter your e-mail into the 'Cc' field, and we will keep you updated with your request's status.
Lecture popularity: You need to login to cast your vote.


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.

Link this page

Would you like to put a link to this lecture on your homepage?
Go ahead! Copy the HTML snippet !

Write your own review or comment:

make sure you have javascript enabled or clear this field: