Artificial Intelligence Is Coming, and It Could Wipe Us Out if We’re Not Careful, Professor Warns

The RSA information security conference this week in San Francisco has been a labyrinth filled with professionals who believe they know best when it comes to information and the Internet. But what if in 25 years humans are no longer good enough to be the gatekeepers of the Internet? Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute, spoke in a keynote address at the Moscone Center conference about the “Midas effect” of wanting artificial intelligence (AI) as smart as humans and ignoring potential downsides. “You would no longer have some cool technology toy [in AI],” Bostrom said. “You would have the last invention that humans will need to make.” Try Newsweek: Subscription offers During his 30-minute talk, Bostrom outlined…


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