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Autopotent Entities

Autopotent Entities is a term coined by Nick Bostrom to denote an entity, or conscious awareness, either naturally occurring, or artificial intelligence in nature which is both totally self-aware, and possesses the ability to modify itself. Most humans automatically fall into this category.

A powerful artificial autopotent entity, had better be programmed to be a friendly AI, or else the consequences for the human race may well be grim.

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The study of multi-agent systems or MAS focuses on systems in which many intelligent agents interact with each other. These agents are considered to be autonomous entities such as software programs or robots.


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It is a laser, but not as we know it. For a start, you need a microscope to see it. Gleaming eerily green, it is a single spherical particle just a few tens of nanometres across.

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