Stephen Hawking: Robots aren’t just taking our jobs, they’re making society more unequal

In July, Reddit announced that the famed physicist Stephen Hawking would answer questions in its popular ask-me-anything forum. However, due to Hawking’s busy schedule and difficulty responding to live questions, the answers were to be posted later in the year. On Thursday (Oct. 8), answers to nine questions were posted. Quartz picked out the highlights below. How long will it take to develop artificial intelligence (AI)? There’s no consensus among AI researchers about how long it will take to build human-level AI and beyond, so please don’t trust anyone who claims to know for sure that it will happen in your lifetime or that it won’t happen in your lifetime. When it eventually does occur, it’s likely to be either the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity,…


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