Arguably the world’s most renowned and oldest scientist, Stephen Hawkings has warned that without regulation, the trending artificial intelligence we make, courtesy of technology will destroy us.
He proposes that a world government be formed in order to regulate the rapid growth of the artificial intelligence.
Just like water and fire, artificial intelligence makes a good servant and not a master. For instance, the use of robots and some computer applications have displaced humans from their jobs.
A typical example is the Chinese Foxconn company. Last year about 60,000 workers in the Tech-Company lost their jobs to robots.
Similar to Bill Gates warning last month, Hawkings also fears an imminent danger with artificial intelligence.
“Since civilization began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,”
“It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.”
Still in line with the sentiments of World’s richest man, Bill Gates at the Munich security summit, Hawkings who is an internationally acclaimed Physicist concurs that the tech world should not just exploit science but equally use it to detect threats quickly before they escalate.
In his previous open letter on artificial intelligence, the physicist warned hat sooner or later AI(robots) would be smarter than humans; in which case spels havoc for the future. He says AI has already started creating inequality in the labor market as some capitalists are embracing the idea.
It’s like this, you get a robot to take the place of humans in a workplace. Automatically you bother less about paying anyone their wages or salaries. When Foxconn dismissed 60,000 workers, it directly showed a block in the channel of wealth re-distribution.
Hawkings shares a foresight that in time humans may have to merge with machines
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,”
Hawkings says that technology currently faces the problems of mass species extinction, uncontrollable artificial intelligence and catastrophic global warming. Outside those, he is still optimistic about the future.
Instead of “creating pure undirected artificial intelligence”, he says “beneficial intelligence” could be created with regulation.
“The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence,”
“A super intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble.”
According to Stephen Hawkings, care should be take with AI since they have the possibility of wiping human lives unintentionally.