U of A professor prepares students for a time when machines are more intelligent than people

Kim Solez’s career depended on him embracing technology.

In the early 1990s, a colleague known for bluntness told him, “No normal human being can read your handwriting. Unless you get into this digital age and start typing things, you’ll be a complete failure.”

Twenty five years ago, being a tech enthusiast meant Solez, a professor of pathology at the University of Alberta, was using word processors and running email groups about kidney medicine. Now, it means teaching a one-of-a-kind class at the university about the technological singularity, the hypothetical moment when artificial intelligence becomes smarter than human intelligence and, according to some, machines will become sentient and self-replicating.

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