For many the advent of intelligent machines marks either the dawn of a new technological age or the start of doomsday. The reality however may be far different than we can possibly imagine. In this TED talk Jürgen Schmidhuber explores the possible future scenario when the power of intelligent machines surpasses the power and capability of the human brain. Creative machines that can learn, adapt and evolve could fundamentally transform life as we know it. The tools and applications of such a technological development at this point in time are difficult to imagine. If Schmidhuber is correct it could be the machines themselves that bring about the next wave of scientific and technological solutions mankind needs to overcome the complex problems we face as a species.