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Stephen Hawking: Governments are Engaged in an AI Arms Race That Could Destroy Humanity

Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 15 Comments

Artificial intelligence fear-compressed

By Matt Agorist | Activist Post

On Monday, English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking went on the Larry King show. He was less than optimistic about the future of humanity.


Six years ago, Hawking was on the King show and said, “Mankind is in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.” When asked if he thought humanity has changed since their last visit, Hawking replied, “We have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid.”

In summarizing the last six years,

Stephen Hawking said, “Six years ago, I was warning about pollution and overcrowding; they have gotten worse since then.”

Hawking’s faith in humanity is apparently dwindling as the theoretical physicist predicted little more than doom and gloom. “The population has grown by half a billion since our last interview, with no end in sight. At this rate, it will be eleven billion by 2100. Air pollution has increased by 8 percent over the past five years. More than 80 percent of inhabitants of urban areas are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution,” he said.

Hawking says that addressing pollution is a major concern, but we’ve yet to do so.

“The increase in air pollution and the emission of increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Will we be too late to avoid dangerous levels of global warming?” he said.

If humans don’t kill themselves with pollution, according to Hawking, it will be the robots that do us in. When King asked Hawking about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), Hawking explained that when government is involved in technological evolution, the outlook is bleak.

Governments seem to be engaged in an AI arms race, designing planes and weapons with intelligent technologies. The funding for projects directly beneficial to the human race, such as improved medical screening seems a somewhat lower priority.

When King asked Hawking about his views on Ray Kurzweil’s theory of The Singularity, Hawking shot it down as “too optimistic.”

“I think that his views are both too simplistic and too optimistic. Exponential growth will not continue to accelerate, something we don’t predict will interrupt it as has happened with similar forecasts in the past,” he said.

As he continued, Hawking alluded to the fears that some people hold about AI wiping humanity from the earth because of having differing goals.

Hawking said.

Once machines reach the critical stage of being able to evolve themselves, we cannot predict whether their goals will be the same as ours.

King goes on to ask Hawking, “Will artificial intelligence ever go on to render human society obsolete?”

Artificial intelligence has the potential to evolve faster than the human race. Beneficially AI could co-exist with humans and augment our capabilities. But a rogue AI could be difficult to stop.

After claiming humans are stupid, greedy, and AI will destroy the world, Hawking noted that it is still important to pursue the cause of AI as it will be highly beneficial to humans in the future.

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

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  1. Thats a question that plagued my brain since childhood: if war on Iraq cost so much that if it was spent on building infrastructure for african countries it would have been enough, then why wage a war?

    • The people who are waging wars are Zionist war mongerers who have made billions of dollars by exploiting third world oil rich countries. Their goal is not peace, their goal is slavery and maximizing profit.

  2. Lorry Jordan Lorry Jordan says:

    Cute for cancer should be first priority…however, there is far too much money bring made from people being fatally I’ll rather than keeping the human race healthy.

  3. He is giving logical and analytical querries where as quite openly many have admitted of war and alliances with aliens ..how strict the Mind control is that none of us can break (rather most of us) the influence and be free

  4. Dan Kellam Dan Kellam says:

    Researching ai leads to quantum computers. Quantum computers lead to a quantum lens. That leads to a fundamental shift in what science can verify. Which leads to a massive societal shift in what reality is. Which leads to me saying hah! I saw that shit before they built a device to prove I was right all along.

  5. Erik Albert Erik Albert says:

    You are absolutely right, but don’t take them too serious. Their terribly local politicians and governments prefer to thrive on the absolute stupidity of generic garbage populations, maintaining stupidity, sovereignty, and borders as an excuse to label fellow humans as immigrants, refugees, or foreigners, whilst throwing in a bit of racism for the freaking fun of it and shouting out loud ‘hey, they take all our jobs and shit’. For added drama, they are likely to throw in conflictive religious nonsense to climax, preferably on markets and airports, by exploding randomly. It seems they want to end up completely, utterly, and absolutely pointless, in record time. But it is difficult to know. Utterly ignoring them is what you want to do, really. Good luck!

  6. ai would always without consciousness…
    but yes, the logical way of “thinkin” could destroy us in the end

  7. The problem with these theories is that it is difficult to implement the changes when the leaders are corrupt as they are now …… they do not want change … they want Power and Wealth !

  8. Well have a Happy happy day! Geeesh

  9. It’d be cool if we voted what our tax dollars went towards, js

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  11. Selena Sapp Selena Sapp says:

    He knows that war will be coming to the states instead of people in the states going to war. I would hate to be any younger than I am right now. You could not offer me anything to go back. People need to stop this “have a coke and a smile” BS and see things as they are. Other countries hate us more than they ever have right now and our government keeps making them even angrier.

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