Will Smith may need to rely on his experience from I, Robot in the future, if one of the world’s most brilliant living scientists’ fears come to pass. Stephen Hawking, the 72-year-old Cambridge professor and theoretical physicist, spoke of such a possibility in his interview with BBC recently. Though he suffers severely from ALS, he has not let that stop him from continuing his work. He told BBC that
“the primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have, have proved very useful. But I think the development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”
He is apparently not alone in his fears. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla told an audience at a centennial celebration of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department that
“with artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.”
He also tweeted that AI
“is potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
What do you think? Brilliant minds with overactive imaginations or a very real possibility?