Elon Musk And Stephen Hawking Are Wrong About Artificial Intelligence

These questions originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by Ramez Naam, author of the Nexus novels, climate & energy wonk, on Quora. Q: Is AI an existential threat to humanity? A: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have stated that they think AI is an existential risk. I disagree. I don’t see a risk to humanity of a “Terminator” scenario or anything of the sort. Part of the confusion, I think, comes from how we use the term “AI” in reality and in fiction. In fiction, especially movies, “AI” means a self-aware, super-intelligent entity, with its own goals, a very broad sort of intelligence (similar to humans), and the ability to change its goals over time.…


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