Blake Dowling: Artificial intelligence – curing cancer, or world domination?

I made a strategic decision Sunday; to sit out the second round of presidential debates. Instead, I enjoyed a fascinating expose on artificial intelligence (AI) on “60 Minutes.” We all have pre-conceived notions about AI. Stephen Hawking has said when machines are smarter than us, it will bring about the end of the world. Specifically: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Most of us are familiar with the fictitious Terminator film and television franchise, unfolding the saga of John Conner versus Skynet, which follows Hawking’s thinking. In these stories, AI does indeed bring about the end of mankind. Or does it? In the final episode, with so much time travel, it’s difficult to really know what happened. Then there are other forms…


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