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Artificial Intelligence may kill us all, warns Stephen Hawking

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 04 Dec 2014 16:20 User comments (16)

Artificial Intelligence may kill us all, warns Stephen Hawking Hawking warns again that Artificial Intelligence could one day destroy humanity, while acknowledging that the early primitive forms of A.I. we currently utilize have been very helpful.
He reiterated his fear of the potential of A.I. to bring about the end of human civilization as we know it in an interview with the BBC. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," he warned, as a machine spoke for him.

That kind of A.I. - the primitive technology we use today to overcome obstacles - has been very useful to humanity, Hawking will submit, but he fears for the long term as A.I. becomes increasingly more powerful. Could humans lose their grip on intelligent machines one day?

The pessimistic commentators in this debate cite the potential for artificial intelligence to quickly surpass that of a human being, and could eventually lead to intelligence re-making itself in order to become more and more powerful, or that it may experience a form of "technological evolution" at a pace vastly more rapid than the biological evolution that developed human intelligence.

Such super-smart intelligences may find human affairs totally unimportant, and may even see humanity as a hindrance.

For more optimistic commentators, artificial intelligence may solve problems that are simply beyond us right now and may be for some time yet. It might be a mistake to just assume that an A.I. would have the same evolved survivalist traits of natural species on Earth, or have any reason to become hostile.

Either way, most people do suggest we proceed with caution, but there is even a debate about when we should expect to see such intelligent systems.

Futurists like Ray Kurzweil are predicting A.I. with consciousness in a matter of a few decades, while others believe it could take centuries. Bill Gates, for example, suggested that A.I. on that level will take at least five times longer than Ray Kurzweil thinks it will. Gates was responding to a question on Q&A in Australia, and also said he believed that problems with machine intelligence are solvable, but that we have far more immediately important things to worry about. When asked about the potential for insect-sized drones invading buildings and assassinating people, Gates replied that we already have problems with real insects invading homes and killing people, "it's called malaria."

On the question of whether Artificial Intelligence is even possible, most who chime in on the subject seem to be sure that it is. Why wouldn't they be? Natural intelligence exists, and if nature can create it, then why can't it be reverse engineered?


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Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind: www.bbc.com

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16 user comments

14.12.2014 17:07

We are not even on full A.I yet ...But in the mean time Drones are killing 28 innocents people for each "Terrorist" ...courtesy of the U.S. killing machine call CIA &/or American Mercenaries like Black-Water (A.K.A. Academi) on 3rd. world countries, in the name of "Democracy".

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Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

24.12.2014 19:11

Quote:
On the question of whether Artificial Intelligence is even possible, most who chime in on the subject seem to be sure that it is. Why wouldn't they be? Natural intelligence exists, and if nature can create it, then why can't it be reverse engineered?
So long as they come with Artificial Stupidity we'll be safe.

keep the head in the jar and it is of no consequence, only when you give it a body will it ever become a threat.
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35.12.2014 10:08

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Artificial Intelligence may kill us all, warns Stephen Hawking

It sounds like Stephen Hawking is just getting too excited to see the new Terminator movie.

45.12.2014 18:57

It will be a century before we will have to truly need to worry about that, but he is definitely right about AI, we are our worst enemies and we don't learn from our past.

Terrorists kill over 2,977 women, children, and men all civilians during 911 and didn't kill even 1 official or militant, there are many more attacks like that. I certainly don't want any innocent people killed but 28 to 1 is much better then what we have put up with. Also that was calculated by a human rights group in the UK so how accurate is it? Are all of the supposed innocent casualties truly that? Now this isn't really the place for this discussion either.

56.12.2014 0:22

Our descendants may find it necessary or at least helpful to turn themselves into cyborgs of a sort, in order to withstand the physical stresses of space flight. We arent likely to be able to navigat 'wormholes' with the fragile biology we are limited by. Maybe our intelligence is useful for us to create the means to survive in a world we can only imagine right now, and that says nothing about parallel universes and the stresses of navigating to an from them (if they exist).

66.12.2014 0:53

Originally posted by chazz4623:
Our descendants may find it necessary or at least helpful to turn themselves into cyborgs of a sort, in order to withstand the physical stresses of space flight. We arent likely to be able to navigat 'wormholes' with the fragile biology we are limited by. Maybe our intelligence is useful for us to create the means to survive in a world we can only imagine right now, and that says nothing about parallel universes and the stresses of navigating to an from them (if they exist).
Not as fragile as you think.

only thing stopping humanity from progress are short sighted fools. those with the money to change the world only care about self satisfaction, while those with the will to shape dreams into reality cant afford to. this path humanity walks will not destroy us, it will simply make us seek destruction.

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76.12.2014 8:16

Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by chazz4623:
Our descendants may find it necessary or at least helpful to turn themselves into cyborgs of a sort, in order to withstand the physical stresses of space flight. We arent likely to be able to navigat 'wormholes' with the fragile biology we are limited by. Maybe our intelligence is useful for us to create the means to survive in a world we can only imagine right now, and that says nothing about parallel universes and the stresses of navigating to an from them (if they exist).
Not as fragile as you think.

only thing stopping humanity from progress are short sighted fools. those with the money to change the world only care about self satisfaction, while those with the will to shape dreams into reality cant afford to. this path humanity walks will not destroy us, it will simply make us seek destruction.
And your point is??? I dont have a clue what your off topic irrelevant prattle is supposed to do to connect to my observation.

86.12.2014 15:39

The sad part is that even the "primitive" AI we currently use is already smarter than some people... ;)

96.12.2014 17:44

As evident

106.12.2014 22:41

Originally posted by sfulbri:
Bill Gates lost all credibility when he spouted of his nonsense that the rich in America are persecuted like the Jews in Nazi Germany - The anti-intellectualism Gates stands for IS Nazi Germany and he is in NO prison camp. But thanks to him and his fascist economy many of us are and will be. In so far as that goes, anything that can make him richer he will throw at the market, regardless of the consequences, caution to the wind. God forbid any silly human concern stand between him and his profit making.
Gosh, how naive you are.
Sure Bill Gates made a huge amount of money in the past, and still continues to do so.
But he is an extremely generous man and you should read up about his charitable foundations, he's donated billions of dollars to charity.
More mega-wealthy people should act like he is, rather than hoarding their wealth.

118.12.2014 9:36

Originally posted by ChikaraNZ:
Originally posted by sfulbri:
Bill Gates lost all credibility when he spouted of his nonsense that the rich in America are persecuted like the Jews in Nazi Germany - The anti-intellectualism Gates stands for IS Nazi Germany and he is in NO prison camp. But thanks to him and his fascist economy many of us are and will be. In so far as that goes, anything that can make him richer he will throw at the market, regardless of the consequences, caution to the wind. God forbid any silly human concern stand between him and his profit making.
Gosh, how naive you are.
Sure Bill Gates made a huge amount of money in the past, and still continues to do so.
But he is an extremely generous man and you should read up about his charitable foundations, he's donated billions of dollars to charity.
More mega-wealthy people should act like he is, rather than hoarding their wealth.
"Charitable" "donations" don't earn you any points when they're for fund genocide, population control, and further extreme communism. All he's doing with his money is buying his way into deeper circles of hell.

128.12.2014 21:30

Originally posted by Tarsellis:
Originally posted by ChikaraNZ:
Originally posted by sfulbri:
Bill Gates lost all credibility when he spouted of his nonsense that the rich in America are persecuted like the Jews in Nazi Germany - The anti-intellectualism Gates stands for IS Nazi Germany and he is in NO prison camp. But thanks to him and his fascist economy many of us are and will be. In so far as that goes, anything that can make him richer he will throw at the market, regardless of the consequences, caution to the wind. God forbid any silly human concern stand between him and his profit making.
Gosh, how naive you are.
Sure Bill Gates made a huge amount of money in the past, and still continues to do so.
But he is an extremely generous man and you should read up about his charitable foundations, he's donated billions of dollars to charity.
More mega-wealthy people should act like he is, rather than hoarding their wealth.
"Charitable" "donations" don't earn you any points when they're for fund genocide, population control, and further extreme communism. All he's doing with his money is buying his way into deeper circles of hell.
Population control is one of the biggest issues facing the earth, current population growth globally is unsustainable.
As far as funding extreme communism and genocide, I don't know what drug you're smoking.

139.12.2014 9:46

Originally posted by ChikaraNZ:
Originally posted by Tarsellis:
Originally posted by ChikaraNZ:
Originally posted by sfulbri:
Bill Gates lost all credibility when he spouted of his nonsense that the rich in America are persecuted like the Jews in Nazi Germany - The anti-intellectualism Gates stands for IS Nazi Germany and he is in NO prison camp. But thanks to him and his fascist economy many of us are and will be. In so far as that goes, anything that can make him richer he will throw at the market, regardless of the consequences, caution to the wind. God forbid any silly human concern stand between him and his profit making.
Gosh, how naive you are.
Sure Bill Gates made a huge amount of money in the past, and still continues to do so.
But he is an extremely generous man and you should read up about his charitable foundations, he's donated billions of dollars to charity.
More mega-wealthy people should act like he is, rather than hoarding their wealth.
"Charitable" "donations" don't earn you any points when they're for fund genocide, population control, and further extreme communism. All he's doing with his money is buying his way into deeper circles of hell.
Population control is one of the biggest issues facing the earth, current population growth globally is unsustainable.
As far as funding extreme communism and genocide, I don't know what drug you're smoking.
Population control is one of the biggest lies the evil men and communists use to justify their actions and mass murder. How many times have we claimed the earth can't support this number, and it's been proven false? Nice to know you think you know better who lives and who dies. Perhaps we'd have been better off without Tesla and Edison, Washington and Jefferson?

No, I will not allow you to misdirect the subject by stating a false pretense.

149.12.2014 13:45

Originally posted by Tarsellis:
Originally posted by ChikaraNZ:
Originally posted by Tarsellis:
Originally posted by ChikaraNZ:
Originally posted by sfulbri:
Bill Gates lost all credibility when he spouted of his nonsense that the rich in America are persecuted like the Jews in Nazi Germany - The anti-intellectualism Gates stands for IS Nazi Germany and he is in NO prison camp. But thanks to him and his fascist economy many of us are and will be. In so far as that goes, anything that can make him richer he will throw at the market, regardless of the consequences, caution to the wind. God forbid any silly human concern stand between him and his profit making.
Gosh, how naive you are.
Sure Bill Gates made a huge amount of money in the past, and still continues to do so.
But he is an extremely generous man and you should read up about his charitable foundations, he's donated billions of dollars to charity.
More mega-wealthy people should act like he is, rather than hoarding their wealth.
"Charitable" "donations" don't earn you any points when they're for fund genocide, population control, and further extreme communism. All he's doing with his money is buying his way into deeper circles of hell.
Population control is one of the biggest issues facing the earth, current population growth globally is unsustainable.
As far as funding extreme communism and genocide, I don't know what drug you're smoking.
Population control is one of the biggest lies the evil men and communists use to justify their actions and mass murder. How many times have we claimed the earth can't support this number, and it's been proven false? Nice to know you think you know better who lives and who dies. Perhaps we'd have been better off without Tesla and Edison, Washington and Jefferson?

No, I will not allow you to misdirect the subject by stating a false pretense.
the issue is human nature, the population is now at a point where humans destructive nature is causing harm to the planet. A quick glance at human history will tell you change only ever comes after the the damage has been done. Starvation, Disease, Waste Handling, Coastal Flooding. these are things that will happen in a hundred years, with the repercussions lasting thousands of years.

the only way to change coarse is to change the very foundation humanity has built its empire on.

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159.12.2014 19:46

@ Mr-Movies

Not that I'm a brainwashed American Patriot, but I just don't trust the biased news, corps. or U.S. Govt.

Example:
America Dream Lie
Around "4O0" American Killed by Police each year: FBI Report.
- http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati...-data/14060357/

America Awake Truth
This year (2014) alone, U.S. Police have killed +1,029 America Citizens (so far)
- http://killedbypolice.net/


@ChikaraNZ

If we put all the cities and towns of the whole planet in one place. It will occupy the land of the U.S. Texas State only.
We also have the rest of the world to cultivate food; witch now on day the production of food is bigger in small spaces, thanks to technology.

On the another hand. Capitalism Greed (Using War, poverty, etc. as tools) is unsustainable.

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Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

169.12.2014 20:10

When you look at our population and the fact that there is no background on those numbers, which is normally the problem with statistics, it's still a very low percentage, extremely low and you need to apply the proper prospective. All countries have their problems but the facts are that typically/mostly/if not always, the US doesn't take advantage of other countries. We died for others and have not taken the land away from those we've helped and you can't say that about most countries that have power. Your hatred is misplaced. FYI, I don't believe most of what the media spews or any government spews, but on occasion like any of us I can be pulled in too.

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