Should we worry about the internet becoming self-aware?

In the classic anime film, Ghost in the Shell, human civilization comes face-to-face with a government-bred intelligence called The Puppet Master that achieves sentience and escapes to the Internet. While it certainly makes for great science ficiton, the idea of a self-aware agent in cyberspace has also been bantered about by futurists who wonder about the potential for a global brain and the noosphere — a possible breeding ground for an artificial intelligence to emerge. But how realistic is this vision? In this new Big Think video, Michio Kaku provides the answer.


It may be relevant that Kaku is a theoretical physicist, not a computer scientist.