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The Singularity is Near - Will Artificial Intelligence Exceed Human Intelligence?

Singularity is a “hypothetical event” were artificial intelligence will be capable of self-improvement and “surpassing all current human control and understand’. This is one of my favorite topics to teach in my Information and Communications Technology course as it really stimulates students to think about the future of technology. The topic isn’t limited to computer science teachers but can also be incorporated into Science, Social Studies or debate curriculum.
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The Singularity is Near - Will Artificial Intelligence Exceed Human Intelligence?
  • forbes.com
    forbes.com

    3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near

    7 minute read
    Greg Satell says:
    The crazy predictions Ray Kurzweil made a decade ago don't seem so outlandish now.
  • John Cork says:
    The “Singularity Hub” is an amazing resource for teachers and students interested in technological progress. Here you’ll find out about groundbreaking technology in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum mechanics and much, much more. The idea of approaching a technological singularity is both an exciting and scary topic! This website will help inspire your students to “think big” about the future of technology.
  • John Cork says:
    This series of TED talks from Ray Kurzweil, an author-inventor, computer scientist and futurist. He is a central figure in the area of “technological singularity”. At the TED site, you’ll find 3 talks from this visionary that both students and teachers will enjoy. After watching the videos you’ll be able to delve into class discussions in regards to technologies like robotics, biotechnology and nanotechnology and how they may revolutionize mankind.
  • John Cork says:
    This Wikipedia page does an excellent job of covering the concept of “Technological Singularity”. I recommend this page as a stepping point for teachers who’d like to teach the topic of “Singularity”. You’ll learn about topics like intelligence explosion and the emergence of superintelligence. Also, explore the plausibility of machine intelligence actually achieving singularity. Mind blowing topics for engaging classroom discussions
  • John Cork says:
    This thirty-eight-minute video is excellent for high school students and perfect for introducing the concept of Singularity. The YouTube video is an excerpt from the longer documentary available for download from the movie’s homepage. Ray Kurzweil presents "a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny".