Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018, has repeatedly expressed his opinion about artificial intelligence. For him, humanity that wants to rely too much on machines can be destroyed.
Artificial intelligence – is it good or bad? For Stephen Hawking, the eminent British astrophysicist who passed away on March 14, 2018, AI technologies were not necessarily just a source of progress. On the contrary, even…
In recent years, Hawking has been asked many times about this topic, and he feared that “the development of full-fledged artificial intelligence could end humanity,” as he admitted in a 2014 interview given to the BBC.
According to him, as soon as people develop artificial intelligence, it will begin to develop on its own and redefine itself faster and faster. Humans, limited by slow biological evolution, could not compete and would be overwhelmed.
Fear of artificial intelligence
A few months after this interview, the scientist was one of those who, along with Elon Musk (Tesla), signed an open letter calling for a ban on “killer robots.” The latter warned of an arms race with powerful new technologies capable, he said, of selecting targets and fighting them without human intervention.
More than ever concerned that AI would fall into the hands of terrorists or dictators, Stephen Hawking at the Lisbon Web Summit reiterated his fears, stating that “the rise of AI could be the worst or the best thing that has ever happened to humanity.” “.
However, it has “tremendous potential”
But Stephen Hawking’s view of artificial intelligence was not pessimistic or even shy. In 2016, the latter also stated at the opening of the Cambridge University Research Center that “AI could be the most important development in the history of our civilization.”
Hawking did believe that, if used properly, artificial intelligence could have “tremendous potential”. For an astrophysicist, the judicious use of new technologies could make it possible to repair human damage to nature, to eradicate disease or poverty.
We don’t know yet if this scientist’s prediction will come true, but we don’t want it! Living the script, as in I, Robot, is not necessarily pleasant in and of itself. Stephen Hawking was also looking for extraterrestrial life, and his reflections were no less intriguing.