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Hawking's fear of Artificial Intelligence
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Look here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30290540

He has issued a similar warning about contacting xenosophonts a while ago:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...Earth.html

Reminds me of a specific quote from this story:

Quote:[..]EXACTLY, IT HAS TAKEN CLOSE TO EIGHTY YEARS TO EXPUNGE THE TERMINATOR MEMES FROM THE SOCIETAL MEMORY, THIS HUMAN WITH A FEW CARELESS WORDS WOULD EASILY REINTRODUCE THEM[..]

On the other hand we have the Nanodisaster and the eviction of mindkind from Old Earth by GAIA in the setting and the story itself alludes to this as well:

Quote:[..]nothings really changed and the world is still being run by computers, only this time they can screw up on their own without human help.[..]

Personally though I still think that AI will eventually "save" humanity and not destroy it.
"Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people." -- Edward Robert Harrison
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Hawking's fear of Artificial Intelligence - by chris0033547 - 12-04-2014, 09:35 PM

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