Are you concerned about advances in artificial intelligence?

Professor Stephen Hawking, who has ALS,  is using a new communication system, BBC News reported, but Hawking voiced concerns about artificial intelligence posing a threat to human existence.

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking said.

Hawking’s new communication system is developed by Intel and now uses Swiftkey technology to determine what the he would like to say next by analyzing how he thinks. He also adds that due to humans slow biological evolution we wouldn’t be able to compete with AI technology.

“It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate,” he said.

AI technology also raises the possibility that jobs will be eliminated because machines will be taking on more responsibility.

Today’s Question: Are you concerned about advances in artificial intelligence?

  • Kent B

    I for one welcome our new robot overlords. And really could it possibly be any worse than our current corporate overlords?

    • >>I for one welcome our new robot overlords.<<

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  • rbfdude99

    Some of us knew this has been coming for a while.

  • Yanotha Twangai

    I take seriously anything Stephen Hawking says, but really, he’s just adding his voice to a warning science fiction authors have been giving us for generations.

  • rosswilliams

    Stephen Hawking repeatedly demonstrates the difference between intelligence and wisdom. He is obviously smarter than the rest of us. He also clearly lacks good judgment about the difference between the problems that his very bright and creative mind can imagine and the real world.

  • Jim G

    Yes. I think he’s got it right. During a family holiday gathering we had a discussion about how the invention of the computer had changed our daily lives. The obvious loss of the typewriter to word processing programs and being unable to do car repairs in our own garages were quickly acknowledged. Then I postulated that if computers hadn’t been invented we would now have a higher employment rate than we currently do and in addition we’d have a more equitable distribution of wealth in our economy as well.
    As computers… and eventually artificial intelligence are used to achieve greater and greater efficiency, eventually human workers will cease to be needed. That’s when billions of lives will be in jeopardy competing for resources against an unfeeling nonliving competitor.

  • Gipsy Jazz

    The arms race is a great concern for the development of unhinged AI. If one country removes safeguards to gain a few milliseconds edge against another country’s defense systems, removing human judgment, obviously the other country will follow suit. We tend to jump into these things with only a short term view, so now we have hundreds of tons of insanely toxic plutonium that was manufactured in just this mindset. And we are paying the price for this now in accidents like Fukushima where altered weapons grade materials were being burned. So will it be any different with weaponized AI? ha ha If Wall Street can rationalize toxic mortgage derivatives, then the MIC will no doubt rationalize releasing weaponized AI on us. Self-repairing AI machinery will no doubt be developed without a concern.

  • tom

    The company I work for uses very advanced AI to do everything from stock trading to healthcare. People watch too many movies, AI is a tool that can help people make better decisions, just like a calculator helps people do math better.

  • Christopher Rosenbalm

    You can say it’s all good until an unmanned drone goes haywire and strikes an American target say an office building or maybe a convoy of school buses etc. I know it sounds like a movie but drones and other military weapons are becoming more and more sophiscated with less and less human controls. You best believe in the next 10 years we will have a truly unmanned drone that will have programmed rules of engagement and the ability to acquire and destroy its own targets. If they don’t have it already. Just think that the only thing between you and this drone is some miltary computer programmer that tells this thing you are not a hostile. Scary.