Within our lifetimes, our species could come face-to-face with an event that could either spell its salvation — the end of disease, poverty, war — or its extinction.
I’m speaking of Singularity, the moment at which an Artificial Intelligence surpasses all human control and understanding, opening the floodgates to an unprecedented technological revolution.
It sounds far-fetched because we have no historical or cultural points-of-reference (outside of robots in car factories and relatively predictable androids in movies and TV shows). But there is a significant portion of the respected scientific community that recognizes A.I. for what it is: a Pandora’s Box of incalculable near-future influence.
It is one of the most important fields pioneered today. Yet, it is also one of the least understood by the mainstream.
Ultimately, what is artificial intelligence? What does it really mean and signify?
Are we free agents in the world, or are we following our programming in spite of ourselves? Artificial Intelligence, even now, is showing signs of decision-making. So we ask, what is the distinction between creator and created? What makes our human experiences and conditions… “human”? Are we just ones and zeros?
As humanity’s technological abilities evolve, we have a crucial responsibility to remain critical and conscientious every step of the way. And to that end, in “Watch Room,” we seek to explore some of these notable questions. You can learn more, and help contribute to the Kickstarter campaign, here.