By Peter Wotherspoon, Biochemical Society
Okay, so we all know how this song and dance goes; it’s been in enough movies by this point. Here we have (under slightly more violent circumstances than would be ideal) what is generally thought of as the technological singularity. The idea that the creation of artificial super-intelligence will lead to an unstoppable cascade of technological advancements because no doubt a computer intelligence smarter than us can in turn make another computer intelligence smarter than it and so on. So, with all the hype around AI recently, have we reached the tipping point?