Stephen Hawking: Artificial Intelligence could spell end of human race

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Stephen Hawking (Reuters/Jason Lee)

World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking told the BBC he believes future developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to eradicate mankind.

The Cambridge professor, who relies on a form of artificial intelligence to communicate, said if technology could match human capabilities “it would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate.

He also said that due to biological limitations, there would be no way humans could match the speed of development of technology.

Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded,” he said.

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease, and uses AI technology as part of a system which senses how he thinks and predicts which words he will use next.

His bleak forecast came in response to questions about updates to his AI communication systems.

His latest upgrade, developed by Intel Corporation over the past three years, will allow the professor to write up to 10 times faster and communicate more effectively with friends, family and students.

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“With the improvements made, I am now able to write much faster, and it means that I can continue to give lectures, write papers and books and, of course, speak with my family and friends more easily.”

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3 thoughts on “Stephen Hawking: Artificial Intelligence could spell end of human race

  1. This statement seems strange coming from someone whose existence is so highly dependent upon technology. The fact that his intelligence is able to be utilized in spite of it, or because of it, would to me, seem to dispute that thought. In his case it would be a perfect symbiosis. Without the technology he would be in a terrible state. But without him the technology would be totally insignificant.
    Leslie

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