Thinking in Advance About the Last Algorithm We Ever Need to Invent (Keynote Speakers)

Author Olle Häggström

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Olle Häggström
  • Dept of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden, and Institute for Future Studies, Box 591, 101 31 Stockholm, Sweden

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Olle Häggström. Thinking in Advance About the Last Algorithm We Ever Need to Invent (Keynote Speakers). In 29th International Conference on Probabilistic, Combinatorial and Asymptotic Methods for the Analysis of Algorithms (AofA 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 110, pp. 5:1-5:12, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


We survey current discussions about possibilities and risks associated with an artificial intelligence breakthrough on the level that puts humanity in the situation where we are no longer foremost on the planet in terms of general intelligence. The importance of thinking in advance about such an event is emphasized. Key issues include when and how suddenly superintelligence is likely to emerge, the goals and motivations of a superintelligent machine, and what we can do to improve the chances of a favorable outcome.

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  • Computing methodologies → Philosophical/theoretical foundations of artificial intelligence
  • intelligence explosion
  • Omohundro-Bostrom theory
  • superintelligence


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