Phew! Facebook’s AI chief says intelligent machines are not a threat to humanity

The chief scientist leading Facebook’s research into artificial intelligence doesn’t believe the technology is a threat to human existence – unless we are very stupid. “I don’t think at AI will become an existential threat to humanity,” said Yann LeCun, the top professor who is leading Facebook’s efforts in the space of AI and machine learning. “I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but we would have to be very stupid to let that happen. Others have claimed that we would have to be very smart to prevent that from happening, but I don’t think that’s true,” he said, in an in-depth question and answer session on Quora. Read more: Microsoft’s made an iPhone app which uses AI to improve your photos Several top scientists and technologists such as Stephen Hawking…

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