‘Artificial intelligence alarmists’ like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking win ‘Luddite of the Year’ award

A diverse group of scientists and technologists, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and famed physicist Stephen Hawking, have been named as the winners of 2015’s ‘Luddite Award’, for their warnings over the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) and ‘killer robots’. The award, which is issued by Washington DC-based think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), is awarded annually to highlight the year’s worst “anti-technology ideas and policies.” Although Hawking and Musk weren’t directly named as nominees, they were part of a group of more than 1,000 luminaries from the worlds of science and technology who signed an open letter calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons,” or as they are better known ‘killer robots’. The letter, which was also signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and…


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