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Maverick* Research: The Emergent Machine Society — Where Machines Meet, Talk, Scheme, Fight and Marry

Published: 09 November 2017

ID: G00343396

Analyst(s): Magnus Revang , Anthony Mullen , Brian Manusama


AI, self-assembly, collaboration and a reduction in physical limitations of speed and scale are coming together to create an emergent machine society. We need to find a balance between machine and human value systems. (Maverick research exposes unconventional thinking and advice.)

Table Of Contents
  • Specific Maverick Caution
  • Maverick Findings
  • Maverick Recommendations

*Maverick Research


  • Underestimating the Trajectory of Artificial Superintelligence
  • The Four Building Blocks of Machine Society
    • 1. Artificial Intelligence
    • 2. Self-Assembly
    • 3. Society as a System of Collaboration
    • 4. Lack of Physical Limitations of Time and Scale
  • Perfect Storm for the Emergence of Machine Society
    • Emergence
    • Evolution of Machine Society
    • Characteristics of Machine Society
  • Observing, Slowing and Steering the Emergent Machine Society
    • Using Negative Feedback Loops to Control Machine Society
    • Creating Negative Feedback Control Mechanisms
  • Thriving, Suffering or Surviving Alongside Machine Society

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