What our original drama The Intelligence Explosion tells us about AI


The Intelligence Explosion, an original drama published by the Guardian, is obviously a work of fiction. But the fears behind it are very real, and have led some of the biggest brains in artificial intelligence (AI) to reconsider how they work. The film dramatises a near-future conversation between the developers of an "artificial general intelligence" – named Günther – and an ethical philosopher. Günther himself (itself?) sits in, making fairly cringeworthy jokes and generally missing the point. It shows an event which has come to be known in the technology world as the "singularity": the moment when an artificial intelligence that has the ability to improve itself starts doing so at exponential speeds.