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7 unexpected outcomes of the singularity + When machines learn like humans: The end?

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7 Totally Unexpected Outcomes That Could Follow The Singularity

EXCERPT: By definition, the Technological Singularity is a blind spot in our predictive thinking. Futurists have a hard time imagining what life will be like after we create greater-than-human artificial intelligences. Here are seven outcomes of the Singularity that nobody thinks about — and which could leave us completely blindsided....

When Machines Learn Like Humans --"Our Last Great Invention?"

EXCERPT: [...] Brenden Lake, at New York University, and colleagues sought to develop a model that captured these human-learning abilities. They focused on a large class of simple visual concepts -- handwritten characters from alphabets around the world - building their model to "learn" this large class of visual symbols, and make generalizations about it, from very few examples.

They call this modeling scheme the Bayesian program learning framework, or BPL. After developing the BPL approach, the researchers directly compared people, BPL, and other computational approaches on a set of five challenging concept learning tasks, including generating new examples of characters only seen a few times.

On a challenging one-shot classification task, the BPL model achieved human-level performance while outperforming recent deep learning approaches, the researchers show. Their model classifies, parses, and recreates handwritten characters, and can generate new letters of the alphabet that look 'right' as judged by Turing-like tests of the model's output in comparison to what real humans produce.

So, what's in store for our future: "Let an ultra-intelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever," said I.J. Good, a British mathematician who worked as a cryptologist at Bletchley Park with Alan Turing was the originator "technological singularity" who served as consultant on supercomputers to Stanley Kubrick, director of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey."Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultra-intelligent 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 ultra-intelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make...."
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I like that 7 unexpected outcomes of the Singularity, particularly that one about hacking into the fabric of spacetime. Among occultists, there is already a universal database called the Akashic Record which contains all that has happened, and if block time is real, all that WILL happen. This virtual archive of all events both past and future CAN allegedly be tapped into by psychics and higher beings, so it would certainly be a piece of cake for a superartilect. Then you get into the engineering of multiverses within one overriding computational superstructure and the emergence a kind of transcendent intelligence that would be hard to distinguish from a God. Think the Force of StarWars, only with more intelligence and accessibility.

I also like the idea of advanced aliens waiting for our own Singularity, having achieved their own already. Then we would have millions of civilizations thruout the universe linking up like websites on a cosmic internet, only with the ability to manipulate matter and energy on a grand scale and alter spacetime and the laws of physics according to its own incomprehensible purposes. The dawning of distributed intelligence--natural selection of possibilizing data at the speed of light.

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