Hugo de Garis
Hugo de Garis is a retired researcher in genetic algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing. His background is in theoretical physics. He changed fields to AI primarily due to the urgency and implications of its rapid acceleration following Moore's Law.
De Garis is noted for his his belief that a major war between the supporters and opponents of intelligent machines, resulting in billions of deaths, i.e. “Gigadeath war” is nearly inevitable before the end of the 21st century. This hypothesis, and the conditions leading up to it, are outlined in his work The Artilect War.
In 2000 de Garis moved from ATR Research Institute in Japan to multidisciplinary, Deep Future research institute Starlab, where he continued work on the CAM-Brain Project with Christopher Altman and Leo de Penning until the lab's closure in 2001.
From Starlab, de Garis moved on to Utah State University for a short time before leading a brain builder group at Wuhan University in China, where he then retired. de Garis maintains collaborations with AI researcher Ben Goertzel, who is based out of Hong Kong.
In recent years, De Garis has become vocal in the Masculist and Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) movements. He is a believer in anti-semitic conspiracy theories and has written (and presented on YouTube) a series of essays on the subject.