Artificial intelligence will likely put human race at stake: Stephen Hawking

Artificial intelligence will likely put human race at stake: Stephen Hawking

Humans will become so vulnerable to artificial intelligent machines that their survival of the human race would be at stake in the next one hundred years, well-known physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking cautioned.

In a recent conference, Hawking said that robots and artificial intelligence could conquer humanity in the next 100 years. While speaking at the Zeitgeist conference held in London, Hawking said that humans need to understand that their future is going in robotics hands of artificial intelligence with advancements being made every day.

“One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all”, he continued.

According to Hawking, developers of artificial intelligence must figure out a way to prevent it from surpassing human beings as the day is not far off when it becomes smarter than us. Scientists should focus on researches into what more advanced AI might mean for humanity in general.

Creation of AI will mark the biggest achievement for human beings, but it might also be the last is nothing is done to avoid the risks.

Humans have slow biological evolution, and their ability to compete with AI is miniscule compared to smarter machines set to be developed in future. Ellon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, also said that AI poses a real threat to humanity.

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