Brave new world? Sci-fi fears ‘hold back progress of AI’, warns expert

‘Focusing on Terminator and the end of humanity’ could deprive us of the benefits of AI, said Chris Bishop of Microsoft Research. Photograph: Rex Features The promise of artificial intelligence could be lost to humanity because people fear Terminator-style robots and other doomsday scenarios, an expert has warned. Hyperbole about the risks of artificial intelligence threaten to scupper developments that could assist humanity, from driverless cars that could cut down road accidents to medical systems that could revolutionise healthcare, said Chris Bishop, director of Microsoft Research in Cambridge. “The danger I see is if we spend too much of our attention focusing on Terminators and Skynet and the end of humanity – or generally just painting a too negative, emotive and one-sided view of artificial intelligence – we may end…


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