Silicon assassins condemn humans to life of uselessness

If humans want to be relevant, they will have to reinvent themselves again and again, says Harari. Photograph: Alamy It is hard to miss the warnings. In the race to make computers more intelligent than us, humanity will summon a demon, bring forth the end of days, and code itself into oblivion. Instead of silicon assistants we’ll build silicon assassins. Artificial intelligence? It’s too clever for our own good. The doomsday story of an evil AI has been told a thousand times. But behind the apocalyptic words of Stephen Hawking, the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, and Elon Musk – who compared AI to nukes even as he launched an AI company – lies a more numbing existential threat. Nevermind death by clever clogs robot. Our fate is worse: to be…


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