Max Tegmark on the Threat of a Robot Takeover

What the co-founder of the Future of Life Institute thinks about the rise of AI By David Pogue | Sep 15, 2015 | AI is “the biggest existential threat” to the human race, says Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Credit: ByczeStudio ©iStock.com Advertisement More on this Topic This month, my Scientific American column was about Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Max Tegmark and the alarm bells he’s been ringing about the potential dark side of artificial intelligence. He’s been joined in the headlines by fellow concerned citizens Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. (AI is “the biggest existential threat” to the human race, says Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Musk.) Tegmark is a compelling thinker. Here are some colorful excerpts from our conversation on why we should proceed…


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