Towards a Poetics of Artificial Superintelligence

Symbolic language can help us grasp the nature and power of what is coming.

The following metaphors are gleaned or created from reading Superintelligence and the literature around ASI. These metaphors are speculative, heavily implied by Bostrom’s own speculations. Some metaphors are galactic; some are more local, intimate. All are, hopefully, not anthropomorphic (naive). They are just initial gestures at a very loose glossary that could grow over time.

A hurricane is a most sublime metaphor, perfectly attuned for how potentially destructive a true ASI could be. The hurricane is terrifying meditation…

Source: Towards a Poetics of Artificial Superintelligence – after us – Medium