‘Robots could crush us like an anthill’, Stephen Hawking warns in AMA

Stephen Hawking’s AMA answers have been posted (they’re really interesting) Credit: Metro/Getty Artificial intelligence could destroy humanity as easily as an anthill if we don’t think carefully about how to design it, Stephen Hawking warned this afternoon. He said the real danger of futuristic robots would not be that they are ‘evil’ but that humanity gets in the way of their ruthlessly logical goals. In a highly anticipated Ask Me Anything feature on Reddit, a poster asked him about the ‘Terminator’ scenario of developing computers capable of independent thought, saying people often imagine an ‘evil’ AI but the real danger is that it just becomes more advanced than humans. The professor agreed, saying ‘The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence. A superintelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals,…


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