Thomas McCabe on Intelligence Transformed

We’re asking each of the participants in The World Transformed to give us their thoughts on one major coming transformation. Here are Thomas McCabe’s answers

1. If you were to pick just one current or coming transformation that you would advise people to focus on, which one would that be?

The transformation from intelligences built by evolution (us), which all of our civilization is built on, to intelligences that are built by other intelligences.

2. What should we be doing about it?

In general, treating it as an important problem. Right now, if I reached into my pocket and pulled out a stick of dynamite, everyone would automatically know that this object was important: that it’s worth paying attention to, thinking about, and being cautious around. Almost no one has that same reaction to human-designed intelligences, even though they are far more dangerous.

3. What’s in it for us if we get it right?

http://www.nickbostrom.com/utopia.html

What are the risks if we don’t?

Probably just the annihilation of Earth, hell-worlds are relatively unlikely

Avatar
About Phil 523 Articles
Phil Bowermaster is a nationally recognized author and speaker. He has more than 25 years experience writing about emerging technologies and the future. As co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed, Phil has talked with leading scientists and technologists, best-selling authors, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and others who are shaping our understanding of the amazing era of transformation in which we live. Phil helps leaders and their organizations develop strategies for managing accelerating change. He shows how imagination, optimism, empathy, and humor can make all the difference in both understanding and making the most of the powerful currents of change we face.