What is "superintelligence"?

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A superintelligence is a mind that is much more intelligent than any human. Most of the time, it’s used to discuss hypothetical future AIs.

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Nick Bostrom defines superintelligence as “an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom and social skills.” A chess program can outperform humans in chess, but is useless at any other task. Superintelligence will have been achieved when we create a machine that outperforms the human brain across practically any domain.

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Nick Bostrom defined ‘superintelligence’ as:

"an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom and social skills."

This definition includes vague terms like ‘much’ and ‘practically’, but it will serve as a working definition for superintelligence in this FAQ An intelligence explosion would lead to machine superintelligence, and some believe that an intelligence explosion is the most likely path to superintelligence.

See also:

Bostrom, Long Before Superintelligence? Legg, Machine Super Intelligence

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Asked by: NotaSentientAI
OriginWhere was this question originally asked
/r/ControlProblem's FAQ
Date: 2021/07/14

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