Topic: Technological Singularity

Camp: Agreement / No

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Statement : The exponential growth argument would work if there were some intelligence to grow but IMO we haven't reached first base in AI. A humble calculator can perform arithmetic much quicker and much more complex than any human. No intelligence there. Deep Blue can beat us at chess. I see no intelligence - brute force computing speed and heuristics. Watson, nope...
Steven Pinker trumps Ray Kurzweil: "There is not the slightest reason to believe in a coming singularity... Sheer processing power is not a pixie dust that magically solves all your problems."

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Statement : We have, sadly, yet to get anywhere near AI of average intelligence. I'm with Steven Pinker: "There is not the slightest reason to believe in a coming singularity. The fact that you can visualize a future in your imagination is not evidence that it is likely or even possible. Look at domed cities, jet-pack commuting, underwater cities, mile-high buildings, and nuclear-powered automobiles — all staples of futuristic fantasies when I was a child that have never arrived. Sheer processing power is not a pixie dust that magically solves all your problems."

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