Cristof Koch's Essay 'When Computers Surpass Us'

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Creation vs Creator (First Draft) Movies such as Ex Machina, The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Transcendence portray a world in which artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced to an extent that mankind cannot control what it has created, leading to the end of human reign. Given the rapid advancement of modern technology and knowledge, it becomes quite conceivable that our dependence on AI will escalate to become uncontrollable. We live in the heart of a technological revolution, where it is definitely possible that a machine’s intelligence can be engineered to surpass any human performance. This exponential growth of technological intelligence begs the alarming question of whether artificial wisdom could exceed our own, and gives society the…show more content…
Over sequences of trillions of learning cycles, a machine can “match or even exceed human performance metrics”, according to Cristof Koch, a philosopher who is concerned about intelligent machines’ increasing capabilities to exceed humans on tasks requiring high performance skills, in his essay, “When Computers Surpass Us”. By determining what is true and what is false, an AI machine may be able to boost its own intelligence. In Koch’s essay, he quotes a twentieth-century mathematician, Irving John Good, in his 1965 passage, which states, ‘Let an ultra-intelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever… 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, provided that the machine is docile enough to tell us how to keep it under control.” Koch argues that the danger presented in this kind of “boosting” intelligence lies not in the power of the AI machine, but in its intentions and ultimate goals. Koch provides a coherent illustration of his argument and the potential dangers posed from this type of machine as he writes, “A benign super-intelligence that wants nothing but happy people might implant electrodes into the brain’s pleasure centers, to deliver jolts of pure, orgasmic gratification. Do we really want to end up as wire-heads?” The author implies that we as humans must be concerned with the final intentions of each machine we give intelligence to, as well as the philosophical aspects of how a machine truly

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