Stephen Hawking Says Artificial Intelligence ‘Could Spell The End Of The Human Race’
When it comes to advances in artificial intelligence, we’ve come a long way: self-driving cars are no longer limited to science-fiction novels, robots may soon replace a huge chunk of the labor force and a computer named Watson is a “Jeopardy!” champion.
All that sounds impressive, for sure. But to Stephen Hawking, it also sounds ominous.
In a recent interview with BBC, Hawking said that the “development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
“It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate,” Hawking said. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
The possibility that AI will eventually outstrip humans’ ability to keep pace with it is known as the “technological singularity,” and it’s a concern Hawking has mentioned before. As he wrote in a May op-ed for The Independent: “Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.”