A number of academics and tech entrepreneurs agree: computer intelligence will one day meet and exceed human intelligence. But almost none of them agree on what happens after that. Depending on who you ask, it could be the end of the world or the greatest period of human prosperity we’ve ever known. I am squarely in the prosperity camp, but Hollywood lends a lot of momentum to those in the doomsday camp. Movies like Terminator, Transcendence, and The Matrix share the archetypal plot point that machines will enslave or kill mankind. These stories are highly entertaining, but they have a…

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