I’m in the middle of a visit to the emerging hi-tech centre of excellence, Bangalore. Today, I heard suggestions, at the Forum Nokia Developer Conference happening here, that Bangalore could take on many of the roles of Silicon Valley, in the next phase of technology entrepreneurship and revolution.
I can’t let the opportunity of this visit pass by, without reaching out to people in this vicinity willing to entertain and review more radical ideas about the future of technology. Some local connections have helped me to arrange an informal get-together in a coffee shop tomorrow evening (Tuesday 8th Dec), in a venue reasonably close to the Taj Residency hotel.
We’ve picked the topic “The future of AI and the possible technological singularity“.
I’ll prepare a few remarks to kick off the conversation, and we’ll see how it goes from there!
Ideas likely to be covered include:
- “Narrow” AI versus “General” AI;
- A brief history of progress of AI;
- Factors governing a possible increase in the capability of general AI – hardware changes, algorithm changes, and more;
- The possibility of a highly disruptive “intelligence explosion“;
- The possibility of research into what has been termed “friendly AI“;
- Different definitions of the technological singularity;
- The technology singularity in fiction – limitations of Hollywood vision;
- Fantasy, existential risk, or optimal outcome?
- Risks, opportunities, and timescales?
If anyone wants to join this get-together, please drop me an email, text message, or Twitter DM, and I’ll confirm the venue.