When did I hear this before? Hmmm. When was that? Oh yes I remember now, the 1950s. I thought that was going to be the last era before artificial “general” intelligence or artificial intelligence as 99% of the rest of the people on the planet refer to it as. It won’t be much of a shock to those people if it does happen. They believe AI exists now and lives in their phones and cars and anything else with the word “smart” in the name. To them it will be a day like any other. Of course, it may not happen, may not in fact be possible in the next 500 years or ever. Then again an “era” can mean so many things. An era can be a very short time or a very long time. Since a historical era is a specific time frame historians have classified due to commonalities within that time frame it can vary by a lot. In fact those prognosticators from the 1950s could still be correct about AI, depending on how you define an era. It seems the one thing keeping pace with the ever expanding powers of modern computers is the ever expanding dictionary of technological hedge terms. Maybe we will see AI in the next general era, or special era, or even better the next deep era. Nothing gives a word more wow factor then slapping a ‘deep’ in front of it. If I might channel hip hop legend Ice Cube to close (as I often do); an era like that runs deep, so deep, so deep would put your *&s to sleep.

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