There is a theory in the scientific community called The Singularity, which refers to an event in which the creation of an artificial superintelligence causes man-made technology to replace human beings as the world’s smartest species. Given the immense technological innovations in modern times, many believe that The Singularity is coming. Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, for example, recently predicted that The Singularity will occur as early as 2029, just twelve years away.
Business Insider recently reported on the most current example of an artificial intelligence surpassing its human makers. An artificial intelligence created by Maluuba, a Microsoft company, has achieved the highest ever score, and highest score possible, in the 1981 classic Ms. Pac-Man. The AI reportedly attained a score of 999,990, at which point the scoreboard reset itself. To put this into a bit more perspective, the highest score achieved by a human in Ms. Pac-Man is 266,330. The AI obliterates this score and plays what is effectively a perfect game of Ms. Pac-Man.
So how much longer until eSports are dominated by superintelligent robots? How much longer until computers possess a sentience on par with humans? How much longer until we have to accept that we are no longer the planet’s dominant species? Well, maybe The Singularity won’t be so bad; robots apparently love video games, so when they take over, maybe they’ll just want us to chill with them while they play a perfect, no-sword run of The Legend of Zelda. I’d be into that.