The Chinese Singularity
Date Published: January 4, 2010
Image Courtesy of Raj Dye
Dr. Hugo de Garis, the father of evolvable hardware and a redoubtable AI researcher, moved to China several years ago, and is now leading the Artificial Brain Lab at Xiamen University. He is convinced a Singularity in the vein of Vinge and Kurzweil is likely to occur later this century — and that China is the most likely place for human-level Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and the other critical technologies underlying the Singularity to arise.
As Hugo puts it: “China has a population of 1.3 billion. The US has a population of 0.3 billion. China has averaged an economic growth rate of about 10% over the past 3 decades. The US has averaged 3%. The Chinese government is strongly committed to heavy investment into high tech. From the above premises, one can virtually prove, as in a mathematical theorem, that China in a decade or so will be in a superior position to offer top salaries (in the rich Southeastern cities) to creative, brilliant Westerners to come to build artificial brains — much more than will be offered by the US and Europe. With the planet‘s most creative AI researchers in China, it is then almost certain that the planet‘s first artificial intellect to be built will have Chinese characteristics.”
Is he right?
A somewhat biased but no less Interesting perspective and some insights into Chinese attitudes, education, AI research and robotics going on in China today. Well worth the time to read and ponder.