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The Technological Singularity Explained and Promoted, by Dr. Kim Solez - The second lecture in the LABMP 590 course Technology and the Future of Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The lecture was given on January 10th, 2013.

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Singularity explained promoted winter 2013

  1. 1. The TechnologicalSingularity Explained and Promoted Kim Solez, MD
  2. 2. The Technological Singularity“…The technological singularity occurs as artificialintelligences surpass human beings as the smartest andmost capable life forms on the Earth. Technologicaldevelopment is taken over by the machines, who canthink, act and communicate so quickly that normalhumans cannot even comprehend what is going on. Themachines enter into a „runaway reaction‟ of self-improvement cycles, with each new generation of A.I.sappearing faster and faster. From this pointonwards, technological advancement is explosive, underthe control of the machines, and thus cannot beaccurately predicted (hence the term „Singularity‟)....” – Ray Kurzweil
  3. 3. In Lewis Carrol‟s Alice in Wonderland a world is confronted that is much more organic than expected. “The main difficulty Alice had was in managing her flamingo” (Describing the croquet game) .”
  4. 4. In the Technological Singularitywe face a world that is much lessorganic than expected and could develop without us!
  5. 5. There are three mainschools of belief about the Singularity. Accelerating Change Event Horizon Intelligence Explosion
  6. 6. There are Four main paths to the Singularity.1. Create an artificial intelligence that exceeds human intelligence.2. Build human-computer interfaces that allow humans to go beyond their innate intelligence to a significant extent. („cybernetic singularity‟)
  7. 7. There are Four main paths to the Singularity. 3. Find ways in biology to improve upon the natural human intellect. 4. Build large computer networks in which „beyond human intelligence‟ emerges.
  8. 8. All these different variations on thebelief in the Singularity are reflected inthe courses at Singularity University The experience of attending Singularity University is one that grows and grows after completion of the course. The associated memories become more vivid rather than less vivid with time, they are on an exponential curve of their own!
  9. 9. Ray Kurzweil‟s views andintellectual exploration are as broad as that of the University he founded. So when you hear someone arguing with RayKurzweil as if he held narrow rigid views, that is a false, “straw man” argument.
  10. 10. History Ancient: In 1847, R. Thornton, the editor of The Expounder of Primitive Christianity, wrote about the recent invention of a four function mechanical calculator: “...such machines, by which the scholar may, by turning a crank, grind out the solution of a problem without the fatigue of mental application, would by its introduction into schools, do incalculable injury. But who knows that such machines when brought to greater perfection, may not think of a plan to remedy all their own defects and then grind out ideas beyond the ken of mortal mind!” Singularity Course
  11. 11. History Ancient: In 1863, four years after Darwin published On the Origin of Species Samuel Butler published a letter captioned "Darwin among the Machines”. It compares human evolution to machine evolution, prophesizing (half in jest) that machines would eventually replace man in the supremacy of the earth: In the course of ages we shall find ourselves the inferior race. The letter raises many of the themes now being debated by proponents of the Technological Singularity. Singularity Course
  12. 12. History In Erewhon (1872) Butler argued that: “There is no security against the ultimate development of mechanical consciousness, in the fact of machines possessing little consciousness now. A mollusc has not much consciousness. Reflect upon the extraordinary advance which machines have made during the last few hundred years, and note how slowly the animal and vegetable kingdoms are advancing. The more highly organized machines are creatures not so much of yesterday, as of the last five minutes, so to speak, in comparison with past time.” Singularity Course
  13. 13. History (Next 28 Slides Modified from Marcus Hutter ) In science fiction / mathematicians Stanislaw Ulam (1958) I.J. Good (1965) Ray Solomonoff (1985) Vernor Vinge (1993) Wide-spread popularization Kurzweil Books (1999,2005,2012)Internet. Events (Singularity Summit 2006+) Organizations (Singularity Institute 2000+ & University) Philosophers (David Chalmers 2010) (Marcus Hutter, 2012) Singularity Course
  14. 14. Moore‟s Law1030 Calculations per Second per $1000 All Human1025 brains ? Quantum1020 Comp.? Human brain1015 Monkey Mouse1010 Parallel Processors Lizard105 Spider Integrated 1 Tran- Circuits Worm sistor10-5 Tube Bacterium Electro- Relay Manual mechanical calculation10-10 Year „60 1900 „20 „40 „80 2000 „20 „40 „60 „80 2100 (adapted from Moravec 1988 & Kurzweil 2005)
  15. 15. Super-Intelligence by Moores Law Moores law: comp doubles every 1.5yrs. Now valid for 50yrs As long as there is demand for more comp, Moores law could continue to hold for many more decades before computronium is reached. in 20-30 years the raw computing power of a single computer will reach 1015...1016 flop/s. Computational capacity of a human brain: 1015...1016 flop/s Some Conjecture: software will not lag far behind (AGI or reverse engineer or simulate human brain) Human-level AI in 20-30 years? Singularity Course
  16. 16. Size of Economy Hunter-gather-stone-age era. -10-7 -106 Doubling every 250’000 yrs Patterns 2.5 mio BC -105 Agricultural economy, farming. Doubling every 900 years Industrial revolution Doubling every 15yearstime in years Computer-dominated Doubling every 1.5 years Superhuman intelligence Dbl.Monthly (Hanson 2008) Acceleration of Doubling 10’000 BC 1800AD 2025? 2040??-104 -103 -102 -101 -10 -1/10 2042???
  17. 17. Accelerating “Evolution” Singularity Kurzweil (2005) Course
  18. 18. Is the Singularity Negotiable?(Hutter) Appearance of AI+ = ignition of the detonation cord towards the Singularity = point of no return Maybe Singularity already now unavoidable? Politically it is very difficult (but not impossible) to resist technology or market forces it would be similarly difficult to prevent AGI research and even more so to prevent the development of faster computers. Whether we are before, at, or beyond the point of no return is also philosophically intricate as it depends on how much free will one attributes to people and society. Analogy 1: politics & inevitability of global warming Analogy 2: a spaceship close to the event horizon might in principle escape a black hole but is doomed in practice due to limited propulsion. Singularity Course
  19. 19. Some Information Analogies Inside process resembles a radiating black hole observed from the outside. Maximally compressed information is indistinguishable from random noise. Too much information collapses: A library that contains all possible books has zero information content. Library of Babel: all information = no information Maybe a society of increasing intelligence will become increasingly indistinguishable from noise when viewed from the outside. … … … Singularity Course
  20. 20. Comparison Each way, outsiders cannot witness a true intelligence singularity. Expansion (inward outward) usually follows the way of least resistance. Outward explosion will stop when all accessible convertible matter has been used up. Historically, mankind was always outward exploring ◦ just in recent times it has become more inward exploring (miniaturization & virtual reality). Singularity Course
  21. 21. Conclusion: Strict intelligencesingularity neither experienced byinsiders nor by outsiders Assume recording technology does not break down: then a singularity seems more interesting for outsiders than for insiders. On the other hand, insiders actively “live” potential societal changes, while outsiders only passively observe them. Singularity Course
  22. 22. What is Intelligence? There have been numerous attempts to define intelligence. Legg & Hutter (2007) provide a collection of 70+ definitions ◦ by individual researchers as well as collective attempts If/since intelligence is not (just) speed, what is it then? What will super-intelligences actually do? Singularity Course
  23. 23. Evolving Intelligence Evolution: Mutation, recombination, and selection increases intelligence if useful for survival and procreation. Animals: higher intelligence, via some correlated practical cognitive capacity, increases the chance of survival and number of offspring. Humans: intelligence is now positively correlated with power and/or economic success (Geary 2007) and actually negatively with number of children (Kanazawa 2007). Memetics: Genetic evolution has been largely replaced by memetic evolution (Dawkins 1976), the replication, variation, selection, and spreading of ideas causing cultural evolution. Singularity Course
  24. 24. What Activities are Intelligent?Which Activities does EvolutionSelect for? Self-preservation? Self-replication? Spreading? Colonizing the universe? Creating faster/better/higher intelligences? Learning as much as possible? Understanding the universe? Maximizing power over men and/or organizations? Transformation of matter (into computronium?)? Maximum self-sufficiency? The search for the meaning of life? Singularity Course
  25. 25. Intelligence ≈ Rationality ≈Reasoning Towards a Goal More flexible notion: expected utility maximization and cumulative life-time reward maximization But who provides the rewards, and how? ◦ Animals: one can explain a lot of behavior as attempts to maximize rewards=pleasure and minimize pain. ◦ Humans: seem to exhibit astonishing flexibility in choosing their goals and passions, especially during childhood. ◦ Robots: reward by teacher or hard-wired. Goal-oriented behavior often appears to be at odds with long-term pleasure maximization. Still, the evolved biological goals and desires to survive, procreate, parent, spread, dominate, etc. are seldom disowned. Singularity Course
  26. 26. Evolving Goals: Initialization Who sets the goal for super-intelligences and how? Anyway ultimately we will lose control, and the AGIs themselves will build further AGIs (if they were motivated to do so), and this will gain its own dynamic. Some aspects of this might be independent of the initial goal structure and predictable. Singularity Course
  27. 27. Evolving Goals: Process Assume the initial vorld is a society of cooperating and competing agents. There will be competition over limited (computational) resources. Those virtuals who have the goal to acquire them will naturally be more successful in this endeavor compared to those with different goals. The successful virtuals will spread (in various ways), the others perish. Singularity Course
  28. 28. Evolving Goals: End Result Soon their society will consist mainly of virtuals whose goal is to compete over resources. Hostility will only be limited if this is in the virtuals best interest. For instance, current society has replaced war mostly by economic competition, since modern weaponry makes most wars a loss for both sides, while economic competition in most cases benefits at least the better. Singularity Course
  29. 29. The Goal to Survive & Spread Whatever amount of resources are available, they will (quickly) be used up, and become scarce. So in any world inhabited by multiple individuals, evolutionary and/or economic-like forces will “breed” virtuals with the goal to acquire as much (comp) resources as possible. Virtuals will “like” to fight over resources, and the winners will “enjoy” it, while the losers will “hate” it. In such evolutionary vorlds, the ability to survive and replicate is a key trait of intelligence. But this is not a sufficient characterization of intelligence: E.g. bacteria are quite successful in this endeavor too, but not very intelligent. Singularity Course
  30. 30. Alternative Societies Global collaboration, no hostile competition likely requires a powerful single (virtual) world government, and to give up individual privacy, and to severely limit individual freedom (cf. ant hills or bee hives), or requires societal setup that can only produce conforming individuals might only be possible by severely limiting individuals creativity (cf. flock of sheep or school of fish). Singularity Course
  31. 31. Monistic Vorlds Such well-regulated societies might better be viewed as a single organism or collective mind. Or maybe the vorld is inhabited from the outset by a single individual. Both vorlds could look quite different and more peaceful (or dystopian) than the traditional ones created by evolution. Intelligence would have to be defined quite differently in such vorlds. Singularity Course
  32. 32. Adaptiveness of Intelligence Another important aspect of intelligence: how flexible or adaptive an individual is. Deep blue might be the best chess player on Earth, but is unable to do anything else. On the contrary, higher animals and humans have remarkably broad capacities and can perform well in a wide range of environments. Singularity Course
  33. 33. Formal Intelligence MeasureIntelligence is the ability to achieve goals in a wide range ofenvironments [LH07] Informal definition: Implicitly captures most, if not all traits of rational intelligence: such as reasoning, creativity, generalization, pattern recognition, problem solving, memorization, planning, learning, self-preservation, and many others. Has been rigorously formalized in mathematical terms. Properties: Is non-anthropocentric, wide-ranging, general, unbiased, fundamental, objective, complete, and universal. Is the most comprehensive formal definition of intelligence so far. Singularity Course
  34. 34. Copying & Modifying VirtualStructures copying virtual structures should be as cheap and effortless as it is for software and data today. {easy} {hard} The only cost is developing the structures in the first place, and the memory to store and the comp to run them.Cheap manipulation and experimentation andcopying of virtual life itself possible. Singularity Course
  35. 35. Copying & Modifying Virtual Life Virtual explosion with life becoming much more diverse. In addition, virtual lives could be simulated in different speeds, with speeders experiencing slower societal progress than laggards. Designed intelligences will fill economic niches. Our current society already relies on specialists with many years of training. So it is natural to go the next step to ease this process by designing our descendants (cf. designer babies). Singularity Course
  36. 36. The Value of Life Another consequence should be that life becomes less valuable. Our society values life, since life is a valuable commodity and expensive/laborious to replace/produce/raise. We value our own life, since evolution selects only organisms that value their life. Our human moral code mainly mimics this (with cultural differences and some excesses) If life becomes `cheap, motivation to value it will decline. Singularity Course
  37. 37. Abundance lowers Value- Analogies - Cheap machines decreased value of physical labor. Some Expert knowledge was replaced by hand-written documents, then printed books, and finally electronic files. Each transition reduced the value of the same information. Digital computers made human computers obsolete. In Games, we value our own virtual life and that of our opponents less than real life, because games can be reset and one can be resurrected. Singularity Course
  38. 38. Consequences of Cheap Life Governments will stop paying my salary when they can get the same research output from a digital version of me, essentially for free. And why not participate in a dangerous fun activity if in the worst case I have to activate a backup copy of myself from yesterday which just missed out this one (anyway not too well-going) day. The belief in immortality can alter behavior drastically. Singularity Course
  39. 39. The Value of Virtual Life Countless implications: ethical, political, economical, medical, cultural, humanitarian, religious, in art, warfare, etc. Much of our society is driven by the fact that we highly value (human/individual) life. If virtual life is/becomes cheap, these drives will ultimately vanish and be replaced by other goals. If AIs can be easily created, the value of an intelligent individual will be much lower than the value of a human life today. So it may be ethically acceptable to freeze, duplicate, slow-down, modify (brain experiments), or even kill (oneself or other) AIs at will, if they are abundant and/or backups are available, just what we are used to doing with software. So laws preventing experimentation with intelligences for moral reasons may not emerge.With so little value assigned to an individual life, maybe it becomesa disposable. Singularity Course
  40. 40. Are there Universal Values Are there any universal values or qualities we want to see or that should survive? What do we mean by we? All humans? Or the dominant species or government at the time the question is asked? Could it be diversity? Or friendly AI (Yudkowsky 200X)? Could the long-term survival of at least one conscious species that appreciates its surrounding universe be a universal value? Singularity Course
  41. 41. Trying to Raise Spirits and Stimulate Interest in theSingularity Through A New Holiday - Future Day
  42. 42. Edmonton‟s First FutureDay March 1, 2012. A Small Celebration.
  43. 43. First Future Day March 1, 2012. Sixteen celebrations Around The WorldMelbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Berkeley, Edmonton,Houston, Hawaii, Sao Paulo, Thanksgiving Point, Utah,Brussels, Paris, LA, Palo Alto, Washington, Carlton,Australia, Wroclaw, Poland
  44. 44. The Big Bang Theory is WatchedRegularly by 16 Million People in the US. Singularity Episode on October 1, 2010
  45. 45. Singularity Episode on October 1, 2010
  46. 46. Singularity Episode on October 1, 2010.
  47. 47. Branding ImportantVisual Identity – Holi Festival
  48. 48. Branding ImportantVisual Identity – Holi Festival
  49. 49. Would like the ideas to spread like these colorfulpigments spread during the festival!
  50. 50. Crayola Bomb Poem byRobert Fulghum Has Similar Spirit
  51. 51. Roomba Robotic VacuumCleaner – Time Lapse Art
  52. 52. Hot Air Balloons Can Give Similar Appearance
  53. 53. The Windmills of Your Mind Round Like a circle in a spiral Like a wheel within a wheel Never ending or beginning On an ever spinning reel Like a snowball down a mountain Or a carnival balloon Like a carousel that‟s turning Running rings around the moon Singularity Course
  54. 54. The Windmills of Your Mind(Continued) Like a clock whose hands are sweeping Past the minutes of its face And the world is like an apple Whirling silently in space Like the circles that you find In the windmills of your mind ! Singularity Course
  55. 55. Your Suggestions GreatlyWelcomed! How can we capture the imagination of the public to start everyone thinking about these matters? We need the mainstream public to regard the future technological Singularity as fact, not fiction We need to promote organized thinking about the future in Universities and beyond Singularity Course
  56. 56. References Marcus Hutter, Can Intelligence Explode? Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol 19, Issue 1-2 (2012) pages 143-166. 12/00000019/F0020001/art00010 D. J. Chalmers. The Singularity: A philosophical analysis. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 17:7– 65, 2010. Singularity Course