Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Kicking this blog off with a link to Nick Bostrom’s ted talk about AI

I find his talk very alarming if I’m honest, comparing our future to the neanderthals is not very promising!! You would have to wonder why we (humans) would build something that may finish us off……..

I suppose Nick Bostrom is looking towards the world to put ethics into AI development.  I think it’s like stem cell research debates from the 00’s, which caused a huge amount of controversy.  Governments around the globe passed legislation to regulate stem cell research so is legislation necessary for AI research and development?

According to Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Bostrom himself it is, and maybe sooner than we think.  The recent World Economic forum in Davos had some major tech leaders telling attendees to embrace the robot/ai revolution, Gilbert (2016).

Now is the time for industry and political  leaders to decide on the AI debate, similarly to the debate on stem cell research we need to decide what is morally and ethically acceptable to us.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today” – Abraham Lincoln.


Gilbert, D (2016) “Davos 2016: Need To Embrace Robot Revolution Not Fear It, Tech Leaders Say” International Business Times 20th January 2016 Available at: [Accessed: 27th March 2016]


4 thoughts on “Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

  1. I like this approach to the issues regarding control. We don’t need to reach even close to The Singularity in my opinion for AI to need a set of regulations and control over. With Machine Learning at the level we are at today, AI could become a separate entity.


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