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AI Could Be 'Worst Event in History of Civilization — Stephen Hawking

AI Could Be 'Worst Event in History of Civilization — Stephen Hawking

"Computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence, and exceed it", the world-renowned physicist and author told attendees at the Web Summit in Portugal on Monday.

To avoid this fate, Hawking said the human species will have to seek a habitable planet elsewhere, according to the Sun. "We simply need to be aware of the dangers, identify them, employ the best possible practice and management, and prepare for its consequences well in advance", Hawking said.

Amid the rapid growth of artificial intelligence proponents, Stephen Hawking warns that artificial intelligence would eventually render humans obsolete.

"We cannot know if we will be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by it and side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by it".

Professor Hawking has championed the 'Breakthrough Starshot' for a project to send a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri in 20 years.

Hawking's flirtation with oblivion began back in 2015 when he mentioned in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session that AI might wipe us all out and that contacting aliens is probably a bad idea.

It wasn't long ago that Hawking revealed his belief that humanity only has about 100 years left before it has to flee from Earth. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently said that AI could trigger World War 3 and is a far greater threat than North Korea.

"You all have the potential to push the boundaries of what is accepted, or expected, and to think big". It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many.

Mr Hawking, one of the world's most eminent scientists, also highlighted the potential benefits of this infant technology if caution is applied. "We stand on a threshold of a brave new world".

During the launch of Artificial Intelligence Center at Cambridge University last October, Hawking already expressed his fear that AIs are like double-edged swords - they could be one of the greatest inventions, but they can also be mankind's worst nightmare. Alpha Centauri is one of the closest stars to our solar system, located four billion light-years away. We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot. And he joins a chorus of other major voices in science and technology to speak about their concerns.

Stephen Hawking's warning to mankind: AIs may replace humans soon.

The address set the scene for three days of talks between high profile tech, business and government leaders grappling with ethical implications of everything from self-driving cars to sex dolls.


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