Does rampant AI threaten humanity?

BBC | December 2, 2014

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Pity the poor meat bags. They are doomed if a growing number of scientists, engineers and artists are to be believed.

Prof Stephen Hawking has joined a roster of experts worried about what follows when humans build a device or write some software that can properly be called intelligent.

Such an artificial intelligence (AI), he fears, could spell the end of humanity.

Similar worries were voiced by Tesla boss Elon Musk in October. He declared rampant AI to be the “biggest existential threat” facing mankind. He wonders if we will find our end beneath the heels of a cruel and calculating artificial intelligence.

So too does the University of Oxford’s Prof Nick Bostrom, who has said an AI-led apocalypse could engulf us within a century.

 

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