Publicado: Mier, Noviembre 08, 2017
Tecnología | By Milagro Delgado

Rise of AI could threaten civilization — Hawking

Rise of AI could threaten civilization — Hawking

"Every aspect of our lives will be transformed", he said in a video speech at the opening night of the Web Summit conference here in Lisbon. "Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing". We just don't know.

"Perhaps we should all stop for a moment and focus our thinking on not only making AI more capable and successful, but maximizing its societal benefit", he said.

Hawking, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 21, is best known for his work regarding black holes, notes Biography.com, and his life was the subject of the 2014 movie "The Theory of Everything".

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk, who is chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, has warned that AI is a threat to humankind's existence.

Hawkings praised moves in Europe to regulate new technologies, reports CNBC, particularly proposals "put forward by lawmakers earlier this year to establish new rules around AI and robotics".

Then last November, he gave us about 1,000 years to leave Earth.

He also warns that the mankind should prepare for possible consequences. Musk wants governments to consider regulations now before AI development surges.

Hawking, who is known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity, talked about how AI could help fight damages done to the natural world, or even eradicate poverty and disease. From Terminator to I, Robot, fictional human civilizations have been decimated by mechanical minds more times than we can count, but Hawking says the reality could be just as dire as fiction.

Hawking's plan: Breakthrough Starshot, a project also backed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, aims to send a probe to explore the closest star system known as Alpha Centauri, per The Mirror.

He suggested that with an awareness of the dangers, we can create best practices and take action early to anticipate the societal changes AI will inevitably bring.

"Lethal autonomous weapons systems that remove meaningful human control from determining the legitimacy of targets and deploying lethal force sit on the wrong side of a clear moral line", the researchers said, according to the Adelaide Advertiser.

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Stephen Hawking is the most renowned cosmologist, English theoretical physicist and Research Director at the Theoretical Cosmology Centre of the University of Cambridge.

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