The issue of species dominance will dictate our global politics this century. Given the rate at which technologies are developing that enable "artilects"--artificial intellects--it is likely that humanity will be able to build artilects with mental capacities that are literally trillions upon trillions of times above the human level. Humanity will then have to choose whether to become the No. 2 species on the planet or not.
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Stampy's Lovely Book set to top the Christmas bestseller lists
It's nearing midday on Saturday, and on the top floor of a shopping centre in Kingston, south-west London, there is a commotion. How people are responding to it rather depends on their age. A queue comprising pre-teens (with dutiful parents in tow) is snaking outside Waterstone's, on past the surrounding shops and out into the car park. For the next four hours, the queue persists, getting in the way of all the retail therapists. Excitement runs its entire length, at least for some. “What's going on here?” somebody asks. “Stampy!” says a small boy.