Stephen Hawking, one the world’s most well-known scientists, warned that independent artificial intelligence threatens mankind.
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking told the BBC.
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While Hawking admits there are many benefits to the artificial intelligence developed so far, further refinements may mean the program “would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate.” Humans, according to Hawking, are limited by slow evolution and cannot compete.
Hawking already uses a form of artificial intelligence to help him speak.
The scientist suffers from the motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and uses a program designed by Intel and Swiftkey to speak. The program—using Hawking’s now famous robotic voice—learns how he thinks and suggests words he might want to use.
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