A superintelligence is a cognitive system whose intellectual performance across all relevant domains vastly exceeds that of any human.

If a superintelligence comes to exist, it could conceivably be either a machine (created through substantial progress in artificial intelligence) or biological entity (created through genetic engineering or other human modification).

Since intelligence is the distinctive trait that has enabled humans to develop a civilization and become the dominant species on Earth, the development of agents that are much smarter than us would arguably be the most significant event in human history....

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