Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking nominated Luddite of the Year for AI comments

Elon Musk, CEO of private space transport firm SpaceX and electric automaker Tesla, and Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, have been nominated for the title of Luddite of the Year. Founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, has also been nominated. They have been put forward because of fears they have expressed over the past year regarding the future potential dangers of Artificial intelligence. Professor Hawking once said “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” The Luddites were 19th century British textile workers who protested against new labour-saving technologies, such as power looms, spinning frames and stocking frames that were introduced during the industrial revolution. ITIF writes…


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