Aubrey De Grey On The Technological Singularity

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 Technological Singularity
Gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, recently discussed issues surrounding the Technological Singularity.  
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based charity dedicated to combating aging.  

de Grey spoke recently in an interview about the Technological Singularity.  He comments that, "I remain to be convinced that this thing called recursive self-improvement is something that is really realistic."  He finds it possible that some limits to technological acceleration will occur in the future, however de Grey does concede that in the near term, of the next few years, exponential progress will continue and that this is essentially a good thing.

The acceleration of technology, and the rate of progress of technology particularly that of digital technologie, is of a nature that it predicts quite soon that computers, and our understanding of them can't keep up.  
This has a number of prerequisites, in particular it assumes that computers can improve themselves, so to speak, or be improved sufficiently automously with little human intervention that they can actually reach that point. 
That is actually, to my mind, as an ex-computer scientist, not entirely obvious.

Also in the interview, de Grey states that the Singularity is more plausible if the starting point is an AI system, not from the reverse engineering of human brain.

SOURCE  Kubrickguy's YouTube Channel

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