Mutant algorithms and super intelligences

Luís Moniz Pereira, António Barata Lopes

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Interpreting the cognitive development of Humanity as a liberating process, the role of a conceivable superintelligence is questioned. Admittedly, there is nowadays a kind of “arms race” which aims to build ever more flexible algorithms, with a view towards what is now dubbed Artificial General Intelligence (A.G.I.). There is a perception that leading this race will have immeasurable competitive advantages but first the technical difficulties of such an undertaking should be noted. Even highly sophisticated systems like AlphaGo are a long way from the general intelligence of a human being. On the other hand, there is an inscription of this aim in our cultural matrix, and this is as challenging as it is paradoxical. Firstly, in the name of our individual and collective freedom, we killed God. We are currently working hard to find forms of intelligence that surpass us, thereby enabling much more effective social control. Again, the analysis of the shaping mythology of our culture will help us spell out the problem, this time through the magical powers of the goddess Circe.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMachine Ethics
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-39630-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-39629-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
ISSN (Print)2192-6255
ISSN (Electronic)2192-6263


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