Noted physicist Stephen Hawking once again rung the alarm bells about Artificial Intelligence where he said that AI would eventually “replace” humans.
Speaking to an online publication, Hawking said, “I fear that AI may replace humans altogether… If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans.”
Hawking may sound like an alarmist, but the 75-year-old physicist is not alone in his predictions, as tech entrepreneurs have also showed concern over such systems.
In fact, Tesla and SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk had said that not North Korea, but AI could be one of the reasons which will trigger World War III. Musk along with 116 other founders of robotics and Artificial Intelligence companies from 26 countries had also signed an open letter and urged the United Nations to urgently address the challenge of lethal autonomous weapons and ban their use internationally.
Musk had even got into a disagreement with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when the latter called Musk’s AI doomsday rhetoric “pretty irresponsible.” Musk responded by calling Zuckerberg’s understanding of the issue “limited.”
Professor Hawking on the other hand has been saying that the potential threat from AI wasn’t just a far-off Terminator-style nightmare.
“Governments seem to be engaged in an AI arms race, designing planes and weapons with intelligent technologies. The funding for projects directly beneficial to the human race, such as improved medical screening, seems a somewhat lower priority,” Hawking had said.