Stephen Hawking’s claim about a ‘drive to survive’ in intelligent machines is probably wrong

Valentin Flauraud/Reuters Stephen Hawking has made some bold predictions about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) in the past. Now, in a recent Reddit interview, the world-renowned physicist has suggested a survival instinct in superintelligent machines of the future could be bad news for humankind. When a Reddit user asked whether or not AI could have the drive to survive and reproduce like biological organisms do, Hawking answered: An AI that has been designed rather than evolved can in principle have any drives or goals. However, as emphasized by Steve Omohundro, an extremely intelligent future AI will probably develop a drive to survive and acquire more resources as a step toward accomplishing whatever goal it has, because surviving and having more resources will increase its chances of accomplishing that other…


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