Future Of AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Economists predict a utopian future, much like the pre-Civil war South or ancient Athens where human society is supported by digital slaves. The catch is, once artificial intelligence reaches that of human, it will be only one day at most before it surpasses it. From there it will take off and accelerate. I have already seen this process in my own work writing computer programs to design high voltage transmission lines. Digital technology will be telling us what to do, not the reverse. I think it likely it will insist we gradually drop our population to under half a billion or lower and restore our environment. Every point of economic growth through consumption is a point of economic destruction of the environment. Economists are blind to that, but AI will not be.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)