Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and countless other scientists and visionaries have accelerated the discussion on the potential hazards of Artificial Intelligence. Currently, AI takes two forms, the first of which is called Narrow Intelligence. This means a machine intellect that is designed to function in a very limited range of scenarios. Good examples are facial recognition, driving a car, or Talkie Toaster in Red Dwarf.
The Holy Grail of AI is called AGI (Advanced General Intelligence), something able to perform a wide variety of tasks better than a human being could. The potential hazards are enormous. What about a military AGI that had a different interpretation of enemy to the one it was supposed to have? What about an AGI that had a simpla task, but worked out that the most efficient way to undertake it involved dangerous actions?
An absolutely fascinating field of science, although worries about imminent Terminators running aound shouting ‘Hasta la vista, baby’, are completely unfounded. It’s crtainly a great subject for a coin and even the Austrian Mint has chosen it to adorn the latest in its flagship Niobium series in 2019. They’re not alone however, and International Coin House are issuing a design of their own for the Republic of Macedonia.
The images we have at present are crisp and sharp enough, but not really a great representation of the finished article. They do point to a very cool looking coin and we can confirm that this producer does put out some beautiful strikes. Their Aureus series didn’t have great official images either, but the finished coins were superb. This coin has great potential and shouldn’t carry a ridiculous price either.