Intelligence Explosion Quest for Humankind

  • Eva ZackovaEmail author
Part of the Topics in Intelligent Engineering and Informatics book series (TIEI, volume 9)


Traditionally, the discipline of artificial intelligence (AI) aims to creation of artificial intelligent entity that will be (at least) adequate (if not superior) to human intellectual power. In spite of this fact, we witness progress heading in quite a different direction, towards fusion of human and specialized AI-based systems. Vernon Vinge called this process as intelligence amplification (IA) which he regarded as an alternative way of how to achieve a greater-than-human intelligence without an existential risk for humankind possibly coming from AI. In this paper, we advocate this scenario by propounding an overview of deep-rooted conceptions of human cyborgization. Such technological enhancement is interpreted as profoundly supportive of intelligence amplification conception. In comparison to AI, IA is regarded as more probable and desirable future for the mankind.


intelligence explosion strong artificial intelligence weak artificial intelligence intelligence amplification artificial general intelligence cyborg man-computer symbiosis singularity transhumanism human enhancement 


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  1. 1.Department of Interdisciplinary Activities, New Technologies Research CentreUniversity of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic

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