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Hawking: 'AI will eventually replace humans'

Posted on Friday, 3 November, 2017 | Comment icon 13 comments

Hawking has often warned of the dangers of AI. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Lwp Kommunikacio / Flickr
The world-famous physicist has reiterated his concerns about artificial intelligence and the future of mankind.
Speaking recently in an interview with WIRED, Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was just 21, indicated that artificial intelligence will eventually advance to such an extent that it will become a "new form of life that will outperform humans".

It's a concern that he has expressed multiple times over the last few years.

"Artificial intelligence is now progressing rapidly," he said last year. "Recent landmarks such as self-driving cars, or a computer winning at the game of Go, are signs of what is to come."

"Enormous levels of investment are pouring into this technology. The achievements we have seen so far will surely pale against what the coming decades will bring."

Hawking also spoke about other threats to our survival, such as our overuse of the Earth's resources.

"I believe we have reached the point of no return," he said. "Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing."

To this end, Hawking suggests establishing a new space programme with the colonization of space as its primary objective. Failure to do this, he argues, could have 'serious consequences' for mankind.

Source: Cambridge News | Comments (13)

Tags: Hawking, AI

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Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 on 3 November, 2017, 15:38
Biological entities pivot on self-preservation to determine outcome, or simply flight/fight followed by feed/breed. AI thus far has largely pivoted on problem-solving for outcome. Will be interesting to see the consequences when the AI algorithm is broadened to include more biological representation or, as we see more AI that is self-programmed through observation. Begs the question, is self-awareness defined by the simple act of self-preservation?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 4 November, 2017, 1:56
I'd be more interested in the thoughts of an AI specialist, to be honest.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Black Monk on 4 November, 2017, 14:26
It's already replaced Stephen Hawking.
Comment icon #7 Posted by TripGun on 8 November, 2017, 13:43
The real Stephen Hawking has been gone a long time, replaced with a similar. I invite you to the internet.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker on 9 November, 2017, 13:59
Would we know the difference?
Comment icon #9 Posted by The Silver Thong on 11 November, 2017, 1:33
Face book
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ogbin on 12 November, 2017, 7:52
I remember awhile back when Hawking's also said that the first encounter with extra-terrestrials will most likely be AI. It seems to me that we should bethinking twice about the road we are traveling down when it comes to AI. It makes no sense to me that our scientists, knowing the eventual outcome of where robotics and AI are going, are still going to continue on to see if it's possible for a computer to become self aware, that is, sentient. And if this does happen, I would wager that we wouldn't know about it until it's to late. I really don't see AI wanting to inform us of this happening. ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by and then on 12 November, 2017, 16:55
I've wondered if the "image of the beast" that has breath and speaks, might be a robotic/AI combo.
Comment icon #12 Posted by FLOMBIE on 12 November, 2017, 18:03
Robots breath?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Ogbin on 13 November, 2017, 4:21
As I was pondering your thought here, I remembered what John the Baptistsaid to the Pharisees in Matthew 3:9. He said, "And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham." One way that Satan deceives people is by imitating God, hence the label given to him by some, "the great imitator. "I haven't studied the "image of the beast" in much detail, andI can't prove it by this one verse ofure, but I think that the "image of the beast" is most likelygoing to be a stone statue.

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