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A Scientist Says the Singularity Will Happen by 2031

by Tim Newcomb


  • “The singularity,” the moment where AI is no longer under human control, is less than a decade away—according to one AI expert.
  • More resources than ever are being poured into the pursuit of artificial general intelligence and speeding the growth of AI.
  • Development of AI is also coming from a variety of sectors, pushing the technology forward faster than ever before.

There’s at least one expert who believes that “the singularity”—the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses the control of humans—could be just a few years away. That’s a lot shorter than current predictions regarding the timeline of AI dominance, especially considering that AI dominance is not exactly guaranteed in the first place.

Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET—who holds a Ph.D. from Temple University and has worked as a leader of Humanity+ and the Artificial General Intelligence Society—told Decrypt that he believes artificial general intelligence (AGI) is three to eight years away. AGI is the term for AI that can truly perform tasks just as well has humans, and it’s a prerequisite for the singularity soon following…


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