‘Terminator’ fears raised by tech leaders

Elon Musk and other technology leaders are worried that humanity will develop artificial intelligence so smart it becomes a threat to humanity itself — think self-aware killer robots that realize their best course of action is to wipe out mankind. Or, basically, terminators. Musk has been raising the alarm about this possibility for a while now. At a Massachusetts Institute of Technology event last year, he called artificial intelligence humanity’s “biggest existential threat” and compared it to “summoning the demon.” Musk was also one of several scientists and tech leaders, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking, who signed a letter calling for artificial intelligence research to be aimed at creating systems that “do what we want them to do,” rather than, say, killing us all. Even Bill Gates…


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