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Legend of the Binary Offensive

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When it comes to discussing the dangers of artificial intelligence, the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking doesn't exactly mince words:

"I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," the Cambridge University professor told the BBC in an interview. . . "

Speaking at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium in October, Tesla boss Elon Musk referred to artificial intelligence as "summoning the demon."

"I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. Increasingly scientists think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon."

The Washington Post, By Peter Holley, January 29, 2015.

British inventor Clive Sinclair has said he thinks artificial intelligence will doom mankind.

"Once you start to make machines that are rivaling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it's going to be very difficult for us to survive. It's just an inevitability."

The Washington Post, By Peter Holley, December 2, 2014.

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human civilization” in a report by the Global Challenges Foundation.

 

“Such extreme intelligences could not easily be controlled (either by the groups creating them, or by some international regulatory regime), and would probably act to boost their own intelligence and acquire maximal resources for almost all initial AI motivations,” suggest authors Dennis Pamlin and Stuart Armstrong.

The Guardian, By Stuart Dredge, February 18, 2015.

When it comes to discussing the dangers of artificial intelligence, the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking doesn't exactly mince words:

"I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," the Cambridge University professor told the BBC in an interview. . . "

Speaking at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium in October, Tesla boss Elon Musk referred to artificial intelligence as "summoning the demon."

"I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. Increasingly scientists think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon."

The Washington Post, By Peter Holley, January 29, 2015.