SNL used to have the segment "Deep Thoughts... by Jack Handy."
In a similar vein, AI gurus are clustering in San Francisco this weekend to envision the singularity, brought to you by the Singularity Institute funded by Paypal/Founder's Fund's Peter Thiel who also is betting on anti-aging shaman/Nostradamus look-alike Aubrey DeGrey.
It all started with this phrase:
'Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an 'intelligence explosion,' and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.' - I.J. Goode, Statistician (1965)
Here's a Singularity prediction from Cognitive Labs:
In the year 2012, the machines will gain sentience, a special Constitutional Congress will be called leading to the 27th Amendment: "Whereas, Individuals born overseas who are naturalized U.S. Citizens heretofore prohibited from holding titular leadership of the Executive branch are hereby manumitted from this restriction, particularly if their Country of birth is Austria, and in their care shall be vouchsafed the public trust and Commonweal"
Clearing the way for Governor Schwarzenegger to become the second actor president, saying 'Hasta la vista' to the heinous product of the Singularity and all thinking machines while 'cleaning out the barn' of the bureaucratic offal of Washington Insiders.
Meanwhile, we'll be shopping for pianos at Stanford courtesy of Yamaha.
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