English theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, has predicated that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon replace humans as the dominant being on the plant.
Earth is becoming too small and humanity is bound to self-destruct, with AI replacing us as the dominant being on the planet and humanity has passed the point of “no return”.
Hawking who is the Director of Research at the Centre of Theoretical Cosmology, University of Cambridge while the developments in AI have been impressive, nonetheless machines will one day be more dominant than human beings, the Daily Express reported.
“I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself." Stephen Hawking
“I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans," Hawking told Wired Magazine. "I believe we have reached the point of no return. Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing.”
The renowned theoretical physicist suggested that humans need to leave the planet if we are to continue as a species. He said a new space programme should be humanity’s top priority “with a view to eventually colonising suitable planets for human habitation”.
To recall, last year, at the opening of Cambridge University’s artificial intelligence centre, Professor Hawking said that AI could either be the best or worst invention humanity has ever made. “This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans. The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge. We cannot predict what we might achieve, when our own minds are amplified by AI. Perhaps with the tools of this new technological revolution, we will be able to undo some of the damage done to the natural world by the last one – industrialisation.’
“And surely we will aim to finally eradicate disease and poverty. Every aspect of our lives will be transformed, In short, success in creating AI, could be the biggest event in the history of our civilisation,” Hawking noted. “But it could also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. Alongside the benefits, AI will also bring dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many,” he warned.