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The Artilect Debate

Why Build Superhuman Machines, and Why Not?
  • Hugo De Garis
  • Sam Halioris
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Abstract

Twenty-first-century technologies will allow the creation of massively intelligent machines, many trillions of times as smart, fast, and durable as humans. Issues concerning industrial, consumer, and military applications of mobile autonomous robots, cyborgs, and computer-based AI systems could divisively split humanity into ideological camps regarding whether “artilects” (artificial intellects) should be built or not. The artilect debate, unlike any before it, could dominate the 21st-century political landscape, and has the potential to cause conflict on a global scale. Research is needed to inform policy and individual decisions; and healthy debate should be initiated now to prepare institutions and individuals alike for the impact of AI.

Keywords

Human Species Evolutionary Engineer Mobile Autonomous Robot Species Dominance Classical Computing 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo De Garis
    • 1
  • Sam Halioris
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityUSA

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