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Maverick* Research: Algos Gone Wild — The Coming Apocalypse When Machine Intelligence Is Both Too Little and Too Much

Published: 02 October 2015

ID: G00292521

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald , Ray Valdes


Algorithms power the global transformation of the economy and society. Their beneficial effects can be nullified by algorithmically driven systems antithetical to human interests. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Invisible Hands Behind Mundane Experiences
  • Algos Gone Wild on Wall Street? Sort Of.
  • Consumer-Grade AI Grows
  • Systems That Learn and Evolve
  • Superintelligence in Our Future
    • Mutually Reinforcing, Converging Trends
    • Counterarguments
    • Inevitable Conclusion
  • Cultivating Autonomy
  • Concerns Raised About Existential Threat From Superintelligence
  • Popular Perceptions of the "Robot Apocalypse"
  • Alien Life Forms Have Already Taken Over
  • Distributed Autonomous Corporations
  • Thought Experiment: Paperclip Maximizer
  • Short-Term Threat Is an Amplifier of Evil
  • Recommendations

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