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Superintelligence and World Views


Would genius machines need world-views?

What would they think about?

Would their existence affect our views?

"Man-made superintelligence would challenge our world-views… and superintelligences would have to be aware of those world-views. They could only do this properly if they had their own world-views. Their world-views should then include us, and of course our world-views should include them."
Professor David Bell
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Humans stand apart from the most advanced machines physically but also psychically. The differences are primarily spiritual. Man-made superintelligences would challenge world-views which involve God and they would impact significantly on our human world-views in general.

Current AI offerings fall far short of superintelligence, which would arguably require genius-level ideas and world-views at least as rich as our own, including, for example, high quality evaluation and representation capabilities, in addition to very powerful hardware. Where would the genius and world-views come from?

They also lack other important things such as consciousness and even a sense of humour.
Does all this rule out the possibility of their existence?

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David Bell is a computer scientist who is currently a Visiting Research Professor and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB). He has been a full professor for over 30 years. From 1986 to 2002, he was a Professor of Computing at Ulster University (UU), serving there as Head of the Department of Information and Software Engineering. At QUB he was Research Director of Knowledge and Data Engineering.


His earliest research was in basic computer science topics, but he is best known for the development of fundamental Artificial Intelligence and Data Handling concepts, prototypes and algorithms. He and his local, national and international research teams have won a number of awards in these areas. Recently he had a festschrift published in his honour – an edition of the International Journal of Software and Informatics, sponsored by the Institute of Software of the Chinese Academy of Science. He holds two Doctorates and a Masters degree for research in Computing in addition to his primary degree in Pure Mathematics.



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