Stephen Hawking has pleaded with world leaders to keep technology under control to stop a Robot Apocalypse. He stated humans need to find ways to identify potential threats posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Hawking stated the best solution would be some type of world government.
He said that since civilisation began, the aggression has been useful in as much as it has definite survival advantages. He added that technology has advanced so much that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. Russia Today reports that Hawking believes we have to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.
Hawking believes that might become a tyranny. He stated all this may sound a bit doom-laden but he is an optimist. He has been vocal about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence before, he thinks there is a way to stop it.
Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk think the same
American technology firm Tesla's CEO Elon Musk also believes that AI could pose a threat to the existence of mankind. Musk declared during the 2014 AeroAstro Centennial Symposium that he thinks we should be very careful about AI. The fast growth of AI is seen as a danger by many people who believe that technology could destroy mankind.
Hawking said that a super intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, but if those goals aren't aligned with our goals, we are in trouble. He said that you're probably not an evil ant-hater, but if you are in charge of a hydroelectric green energy project and there is an anthill in the region that has to be flooded, too bad for the ants. Hawking is increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish.