Google’s ‘Big Red Button’ Could Save the World

In Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom’s seminal book on artificial intelligence (AI), the Swedish philosopher warned that if machines surpass humans in terms of general intelligence, the result will be an existential catastrophe for humanity. Introducing a “superintelligent” system, Bostrom argued, would see humans replaced as the dominant life form on Earth—and potentially wiped out. After reading Bostrom’s book, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk sent out a tweet in 2014 warning: “we need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”  When an open letter calling for more responsible oversight into AI research was penned in 2015, Musk joined Bostrom in being one of the first people to sign it. Try Newsweek: Subscription offers Ultimately, the main concern is that the first machine to surpass human capabilities will be impossible…


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