Artificial Intelligence Could Wipe Us Out? Hawking Thinks So


Movies like I, Robot and Matrix might hold some truth, after all, in depicting that artificial intelligence could pose a potential threat to the human race. Stephen Hawking, renowned British astrophysicist and one of the greatest minds of our time, says that he feels that when artificial intelligence reaches its full prime it “could spell an end to the human race“.

Professor Hawking suffers from a motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and relies on an artificial intelligence system developed by Intel to help communicate. He has now unveiled his communication system which assists him in speaking twice as quickly through a system that predicts his words. The advanced system can be a brightening and bring significant change in the lives of people affected with the same neuron disorder.

However, Hawking believes that even though the basic artificial intelligence has made life easier and much improved for humans in various ways, it can also lead to a doom for them when it reaches an advanced stage where it can think and make decisions for itself. The famous astrophysicist says he believes that since technology is developing at a much faster rate than biological evolution itself, it would eventually become self-aware and outreach humanity as whole.

In an interview with the BBC, Hawking said, “The primitive forms of artificial intelligence have already been proved very useful. But I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Professor Hawking is looking forward to be able to write much faster too with his new system which worked exactly like the predictive text in our smartphones. When asked if he would prefer a more human voice (he speaks through the machine, making his voice slightly robotic) he refused saying his voice has become his “trademark”, which is true.  He says, “I am told that children who require assistance of a computer voice want one exactly like mine.” Hawking also sampled his “trademark” electronic voice in Pink Floyd’snew album Endless River. His voice sample features in a track in the album called Talkin’ Hawkin.

Namrata Tripathi

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