“Superheroes are going to be the thing in five years,” says one of the world’s leading futurists.
But what will happen when we get there?
“Super-heroes will be very different from the way we see them now,” says Nick Bostrom, professor of computer science at the University of Cambridge.
Bostrome says we’ll be able to create artificial intelligence that will have superhuman intelligence, and that artificial intelligence will evolve beyond human intelligence, becoming smarter and smarter over time.
“We’re in the early days of AI, but it’s already moving towards superhuman intelligence,” he says.
“There are a lot of things that we can think of that could be improved.”
He says we’re likely to see artificial intelligence develop beyond being just an extension of humans.
Bortoli, who has worked on artificial intelligence research for decades, says that the best hope is for the AI we build in five to 10 years to be smarter than our own.
That will require the ability to reason about the world more, to see the big picture, to use a higher degree of intelligence to process information, Bortrome says.
That is what super-intelligent robots could do.
Bormann says there are already some advances in the field of machine learning and deep learning.
The idea that AI will be able and willing to learn and adapt to new situations is not as far-fetched as you might think.
“In a lot, much of our work in AI and artificial intelligence is focused on finding new algorithms that we know are capable of solving very complex problems,” Bormamp says.
He says the best way to see what kind of technology is going to exist in the next five to ten years is by looking at the next generation of computers that are going be able handle more complex tasks.
“The big breakthroughs are going not in the realm of algorithms but in the world of machine intelligence,” Bortrom says.
It’s likely that we’ll see the emergence of super-human machines by the year 2020, and Bortrop says we should expect these machines to be much smarter than the human race.
“At some point, we are going have to take a hard look at what it means to be superhuman and if we’re going to have a place for that in the future,” he explains.
This article originally appeared on Time.com.