During an interview with the BBC, the world-famous, British physicist and possibly the most intelligent man currently living on earth, warned the world with an apocalyptic statement, addressing the dangers of artificial intelligence.
Hawking to the BBC:
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
Hawking issued this cautionary statement, after being asked a question about his new computer voice system. The current communication device, much like his antiquated one, synthesizes a human voice. The difference is that the new synthetic voice system, whose programming utilizes artificial intelligence, actually learns the words that the physicist uses regularly, then suggests them to him during his conversations. Hawking’s new communication device was partially developed by the British technology firm Swiftkey.
The reason for Hawking’s high-tech communication system, is due to his Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the spine and brain.
This is not the first time Hawking has spoken publicly about the dangers of A.I. In April, he teamed up with several other scientists, that included Max Tegmark and Frank Wilczek who are physicists from MIT , to write an opinion editorial to the Huffingtion Post, that warned of the looming dangers of artificial intelligence. Together the team penned an apocalyptic article that prophesied, AI may be the greatest invention of mankind, but it may also be the last great invention of mankind.
Humanity has collectively shared the nightmare of artificially intelligent automatons enslaving or annihilating the human race, possibly since the first clockwork machine was constructed. We as a whole, fear the things that we do not understand. Numerous books and movies have been created, where the antagonist was an inhuman, indestructible, artificially intelligent creation devised by our own hand.
There are people who dare to oppose Hawking’s theories and inclinations. In an interview with the website Live Science, Charlie Ortiz, the head AI researcher at Nuance Communications, a soft ware company that is based in Massachusetts, thinks that Hawking and his cohort’s allegations are “way over-blown”. Ortiz went on to explain that he does not see any reason why AI systems, as they advance, would acquire the ability to desire the demise of humanity.
Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the smartest people if not the smartest person who is alive today. He is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author as well as many other impressive titles. Hawking has announced his warning to the world, now it is humanity’s option to either heed his message or to ignore it.
Before you make your decision remember, Stephen Hawking is wicked smart.