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

Examples of superintelligence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the fresh-faced boss of an upstart French challenger to OpenAI thinks ominous warnings of artificial superintelligence could be the result of a misguided God complex. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 12 Apr. 2024 Not everyone is convinced that such superintelligence is even possible. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 The parallels between nuclear fission and superintelligence were taken to be obvious: world-altering potential, existential risk, theoretical research thrust into the geopolitical spotlight. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 What if humans don’t build in those drives, and superintelligence systems wind up hurting humans by single-mindedly pursuing a goal? Steven Levy, WIRED, 22 Dec. 2023 This one isn’t focused on a malignant superintelligence. Eric Xing, Fortune, 12 Dec. 2023 The crux of the residual case for doom is the alignment problem—the prospect that an artificial superintelligence might have no use for human values. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2023 The company is also unusually ambitious and saw its role as building a digital superintelligence that would eventually become more powerful than humans. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 At that inaugural Spaces event in July, all of Musk’s new hires spoke, but none echoed or even addressed their new boss’s theory about a maximally curious superintelligence preserving humanity. David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of superintelligence was circa 1822

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“Superintelligence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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