Prospect of artificial intelligence triggers ethical concerns

A computer’s recent victory over the human brain in a complex strategy game called “Go” is being applauded by proponents of artificial intelligence, but the prospect of artificial intelligence has also triggered some ethical concerns. Many people, including some well-known scientists like Physicist Stephen Hawking, are worried that robots equipped with artificial intelligence could turn violent, posing an unprecedented risk to humans’ existence. Nearly 1,000 scientists, tech pioneers and others signed an open letter last year warning that autonomous machines or robots with artificial technology could become the “Kalashnikovs” of tomorrow. In the open letter, the experts warned, “If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the end point of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become…


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