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03 December, 2014

S. Hawking: The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race!

Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence. He told the BBC: 'The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.' His warning came in response to a question about a revamp of the technology he uses to communicate, which involves a basic form of AI.”

Prof Hawking says the primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed so far have already proved very useful, but he fears the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans. 'It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate,' he said. 'Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded.'”

In the short term, there are concerns that clever machines capable of undertaking tasks done by humans until now will swiftly destroy millions of jobs. In the longer term, the technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has warned that AI is 'our biggest existential threat'.”

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What if AI is meant to be the next step of human evolution itself? What difference does it make when we progressively abolishing human conquered concepts, like morality, from our culture? If we want truly evolve, as humanity, we need to bring back morality. We need to develop concepts like solidarity, altruism, collectivity and put them in the core of our civilization. Otherwise, it would make no difference - and probably would be better - to be replaced by super-intelligent machines.

1 comment:

  1. Our biggest existential threat is the morons who dominate the financial system. Our biggest asset is people who cooperate to improve life. Stephen Hawkin is himself a kind of Automaton who finds it easy to visualise a Cyber AI future - sorry Stephen but you are emotionally deprived.

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