Stephen Hawking talks Artificial Intellegence.

Professor Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge..Photograph © Jason Bye.

Professor Stephen Hawking has been warning us over the past few years about the threat of artificial intelligence and it’s progress. Hawking believe’s that robots have the advantage and opportunities to advance at a much greater speed than humans, and with this knowledge and capability poses a greater threat to the humankind. Hawking fears the threat of the  singularity – when robots develop a mind of their own.

Professor Stephen Hawking states, ‘We need to ensure AI is designed ethically, with safeguards in place.’

‘Once machines reach a critical stage of being able to evolve themselves we cannot predict whether their goals will be the same as ours.’ says Professor Hawking.

Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt said AI will be developed to be beneficial to humans, he also states that there will be procedures put in place to prevent danger to the lives of humans.

‘We’ve all seen those movies,’ he said. But he said in reality, people would always know how to turn the AI systems off, should it ever get to a dangerous point’  Eric also mentioned an ongoing project due to be launched were an AI can respond to IM messages automatically.

Speaking on the Larry King show Stephen Hawking says  ‘I don’t think advances in artificial intelligence will necessarily be benign,’
Continuing to emphasise his concern with IA becoming integrated into the human society Stephen recalls a previous interview in 2010 on the same show, were he gave his input on his views of humans as being greedy and stupid –                                                                                ‘We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid,’ Professor Hawking said. ‘Six years ago, I was warning about pollution and overcrowding. They haven gotten worse since then.’


Speaking at an event in London, the physicist told the BBC: ‘The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.’

Creating AI says Hawking ‘would be the biggest event in human history, [but] unfortunately, it might also be the last.’

Last year, Elon Musk, South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer and inventor  likened artificial intelligence to ‘summoning the demon’.
Hawking express further fears over warfare, as it is likely that AIs  will be replacing soldiers, the difference being that, human soldiers are capable of making decisions based on humane instinct, however this will be lacking in the AIs.

In an open letter Stephen and over 1000 other computer and AI specialists argued  that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons,                            ‘a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.’          Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak agrees with Hawking and aided with penning the letter.




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