su·​per·​in·​tel·​li·​gence | \ ˌsü-pər-in-ˈte-lə-jən(t)s How to pronounce superintelligence (audio) \
plural superintelligences

Definition of superintelligence

1 : an entity that surpasses humans in overall intelligence or in some particular measure of intelligence A speed superintelligence could do everything a human mind could do, but much faster.— Nick Bostrom also : the intelligence displayed by such an entity the development of machine superintelligence
2 : an extremely or extraordinarily high degree of intelligence displayed superintelligence in mathematics … the first of a planned trilogy about teens whose empathic abilities give them an emotional superintelligence.— Terry Hong

First Known Use of superintelligence

circa 1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Superintelligence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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