Stephen Hawking “A.I. could be the best or worst thing for humankind”

Article by David Zambuto | esPResso Staff Writer

In recent lecture at the opening of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge University, world famous Professor Stephen Hawking stated that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence would be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity” according to The Guardian.

Hawking then stated that with A.I. “every aspect of our lives will be transformed” in that “success in creating A.I. could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization.” Hawking continued in stating that “the potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge” with the phrase “we cannot predict what we might achieve when our own minds are amplified by A.I.” Hawking speculated with optimism that the new tools with A.I. could “undo some of the damage done to the natural world by the last one-industrialisation” adding that the benefits could spread “to finally eradicating disease and poverty.”

Despite the positive remarks, Hawking has issued past warnings with one such warning that “artificial intelligence could wipe out humanity when it gets too clever as humans will be like ants” according to past reports from The Independent.
Hawking advised humans that we should “shift the goal of A.I. from creating pure undirected artificial intelligence to creating beneficial intelligence.”
Hawking stance was reflected in last July of 2015 at the International Joint Conference in Buenos Aires where he called products of artificial intelligence such as “Autonomous weapons…as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms” reported from sources at Time Magazine. Hawking stressed the risk of creating “a global A.I. arms race.”

The concept of artificial intelligence as swept the nation, causing lots of feedback and mixed reactions. It has become a hot topic of discussion on Twitter, being incorporated into multiple articles and discussions. Some fear it while other are fascinated by it. Only time will tell how exactly the use of artificial intelligence will impact the human race.


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