Hawking: The rise of robots may be disastrous for mankind

Artificial intelligence 'could be the worst thing to happen to humanity': Stephen Hawking warns that rise of robots may be disastrous for mankind

Hawking: The rise of robots may be disastrous for mankind

World Bulletin / News Desk

Stephen Hawking warns that artificial intelligence could be the worst thing to happen to humanity.

Despite it has been seen as helpful digital assistants and self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence becomes a highly controversial topic and it could one day bring about the end for mankind, Daily Mail reported.

The new futures, like thinking for itself and adapting to its environment, of robots could cause danger for humanity according to Stephen Hawking.

In an article written in the Independent, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist claimed that computers can surpass the abilities of humans in the near future,  discussing Jonny Depp's latest film Transcendence.

Professor Hawking said dismissing the film as science fiction could be the ‘worst mistake in history’.

He argues that developments in digital personal assistants Siri, Google Now and Cortana are merely symptoms of an IT arms race which ‘pale against what the coming decades will bring.’

But Professor Hawking notes that other potential benefits of this technology could also be significant, with the potential to eradicate, war, disease and poverty.

Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.’

In the short and medium-term, militaries throughout the world are working to develop autonomous weapon systems, with the UN simultaneously working to ban them,.

‘Looking further ahead, there are no fundamental limits to what can be achieved,’ said Professor Hawking.

‘There is no physical law precluding particles from being organised in ways that perform even more advanced computations than the arrangements of particles in human brains.’

In fact, IBM has already developed smart chips that could pave the way for sensor networks that mimic the brain’s capacity for perception, action, and thought.

One day, it could allow computer scientists to develop a machine with a brain that is even more intelligent than that of humans.

‘As Irving Good realised in 1965, machines with superhuman intelligence could repeatedly improve their design even further, triggering what Vernor Vinge called a singularity,’ said Professor Hawking

Professor Hawking added experts are not prepared for these scenarios. Offering a comparison, he said that if aliens were to tell us they would arrive within a few decades, scientists would not just sit waiting for their arrival. 

‘Although we are facing potentially the best or worst thing to happen to humanity in history, little serious research is devoted to these issues.

‘All of us should ask ourselves what we can do now to improve the chances of reaping the benefits and avoiding the risks.’

 

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