Don’t Let Artificial Intelligence Take Over, Top Scientists Warn

Written by on September 12, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 10 Comments

Tanya Lewis | LiveScience

Scientists_Warn_of_AI_DangersArtificial intelligence has the potential to make lives easier by understanding human desires or driving people's cars, but if it were uncontrolled, the technology could pose a serious threat to society. Now, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and dozens of other top scientists and technology leaders have signed a letter warning of the potential dangers of developing artificial intelligence (AI).

In addition to heavyweights like Hawking and Musk, the prominent physicist and billionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, the letter was signed by top researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Google and other institutions.

The letter touts the benefits of AI, but also warns of the possible risks.

“Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls,” reads the letter, which was published online Sunday (Jan. 11) by the Future of Life Institute, a volunteer organization focused on mitigating existential threats to humanity. In other words, the letter states, “Our AI systems must do what we want them to do.” [5 Reasons to Fear Robots]

From speech recognition to self-driving vehicles, progress in AI is likely to have an increasing impact on humanity, the letter states. “The potential benefits are huge … The eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable,” the letter says.


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  1.' Buck Rogers says:

    To late we already have you by the poisons you eat with every bite .

  2.' KJ Sutton says:

    Yeah years ago….

  3.' Clay Littlewood says:

    Anyone who saw I Robot, would or should, be cautious of too much technology…
    It all goes wrong now and then…

  4.' Mark W. Mitchell says:

    Big Brother II –

  5.' Kelvin Hemas says:

    Lets hope there is some aliens watching over us that has stepped in this salad before and knows how to deal with such a problem.

  6.' এম. আইনুল বারী says:

    Stepen Hawkins doesn’t know all. he is wrong in many cases.

  7.' Katherine Elliott says:

    We can’t stop this is already out of control.

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