This is the view of some of the most brilliant minds of our digital age. From experts in technology to movies based on their writings and illustrations, the warnings of a threat to humanity are far more abundant than a positive view of Artificially Intelligent Machines. There is a growing consensus that we are in a race against time to develop safeguards around artificial intelligence research, before robots outwit us –or even accidentally cause our demise.
January 2015 Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and dozens of other scientific & technology experts signed and open-letter describing the risks, as well as the benefits, of AI.
- Stephen Hawking - As part of a small but growing group of scientists that have expressed concerns of “strong” artificial intelligence, Hawking is concerned that it could eventually equal or exceed that of a human.
- Bill Gates - Has echoed Professor Stephen hawking saying that AI could spell the “end of the human race.” I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. “First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern.” I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.
- Elon Musk - Last October he warned that AI was the “biggest existential threat” to the human race. That mankind should be “very careful” about it and not do anything “foolish” concerning it. “It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
“Because of the great potential of AI, it’s important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls,” this group of big-wigs wrote in the letter which was published by the Future of Life Institute, an organization that aims to mitigate existential threats to humanity.
But there are many AI researchers that say humanity is nowhere near being able to develop strong AI.
Demis Hassabis, an artificial intelligence researcher at Google DeepMind said, “We are decades away from any technology we need to worry about. Still, it’s good to start the conversation now.”
Fiction is a fertile minds imagination but sometimes fiction can become a reality.
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If researchers had actually developed “strong” AI or were even close, do you really thing they would tell us? Of course not.
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