By Sanford (Sandy) Morganstein
Book Review for The Day AI Becomes God by Tetsuzo Matsumoto
In the context of artificial intelligence (AI) the “singularity” refers to a fundamentally transformative time when AI becomes intelligent enough to improve itself without human assistance. When AI can improve itself, the self-improvement process leads to runaway computer-based technology that will radically change civilization. Improvement tirelessly builds on improvement leading to capabilities we can hardly imagine.
Tetsuzo Matsumoto has an excellent vantage point to observe the (probable) coming of the singularity and the consequences of it. While not a technologist himself, Matsumoto has been present at the birthing table of many of the advanced technologies that have become part of daily life. Matsumoto was on the board of Softbank, was president and chairman of Qualcomm Japan and a senior executive at one of the largest Japanese trading companies where part of his responsibilities was to monitor emerging technology with an eye to commercialization.