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The Artilect War

By Hugo de Garis

Will massively intelligent machines replace human beings as the dominant species in the next few decades?

The “species dominance” issue will dominate our global politics this century, resulting in a major war that will kill billions of people. The issue is whether humanity should build godlike, massively intelligent machines called “artilects” (artificial intellects), made possible by 21st-century technologies and having mental capacities trillions of times above the human level. Society will split into three major philosophical groups, all murderously opposed to each other.

Artilect-Enabling Technologies

Professor Hugo de Garis is the technical advisor to a major Hollywood film studio that is currently making a movie on the themes of this article. His essays and international media videos are at