‘AI may replace humans’ & become new form of life – Stephen Hawking
November 3, 2017 (rt.com)
• In response to the recent publicity of the advent of ultra-realistic humanoid robots, famous mainstream scientist Stephen Hawking warns that robots could one day replicate themselves, out-perform humans, become a new life form and entirely edge out human beings. Last year Hawkings said that humanity has only about 100 years left on this fragile planet and we all need to find another planet to inhabit. “We are in danger of self-destructing.”
• Hawkings suggests that humankind needs to come up with a space program to colonize suitable planets for habitation.
• [Editor’s Note] Stephen Hawking must know more than he is letting on. He must know that the AI threat is real, that we already have a space program that is colonizing off planet worlds, and that humanity is indeed in danger of self-destruction. This must be his way of letting us know that he knows through a soft disclosure.
One day robots could entirely edge out human beings and become a new life form that is even capable of replicating itself, Stephen Hawking has warned, once again predicting a rather grim future for humankind.
“I fear that AI may replace humans altogether,” the renowned physicist told Wired magazine, as cited by the Cambridge News. “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 added.
However, humanity itself has already reached “the point of no return”and may destroy itself first, the 75-year-old academic predicts. “Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing.”
To avoid this apocalyptic scenario, Hawking suggests that mankind should come up with a space program “with a view to eventually colonizing suitable planets for human habitation.”
This is not the first time Hawking has spoken about the potential threat of robots becoming self-conscious and exceeding human intelligence. Last year, he warned the AI “could develop a will of its own – a will that is in conflict with ours,” adding that the rise of machines could become “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.”
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