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Will Our Technology Someday Advance to a Point Where We Can’t Control It?

And now, we delve (hopefully) even further into our future, to a potential day when artificial intelligence we’ve created exceeds our understanding and control. It’s a concept known as the technological singularity hypothesis, and while it sounds like the stuff of science fiction (think Isaac Asimov’s “I Robot,” or films like “The Matrix,” “The Terminator,” […]

And now, we delve (hopefully) even further into our future, to a potential day when artificial intelligence we’ve created exceeds our understanding and control.

It’s a concept known as the technological singularity hypothesis, and while it sounds like the stuff of science fiction (think Isaac Asimov’s “I Robot,” or films like “The Matrix,” “The Terminator,” and “2001: A Space Odyssey“), it raises ethical questions for engineers in genetics, nanotechnology and advanced robotics, among other disciplines.

We talk it over with Rice Professor Timothy Morton, the author of several books, including Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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