Ronald Bailey Wonders If Skynet Is Inevitable

Robot HandsIn the new Spike Jonze movie Her, an
operating system called Samantha evolves into an enchanting
self-directed intelligence with a will of her own. Not to spoil
this visually and intellectually dazzling movie for anyone, but
Samantha makes choices that do not harm humanity, though they do
leave us feeling a bit sadder. In his terrific new book, Our
Final Invention
, the documentarian James Barrat argues that
hopes for the development of an essentially benign artificial
general intelligence (AGI) like Samantha amount to a silly pipe
dream. The book has given technological optimist and
Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey a lot to think

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