Stephen Hawking: Artificial Intelligence Could be the Greatest Disaster in Human History
The world famous physicist said AI could bring about serious peril in the creation of powerful autonomous weapons and novel ways for those in power to oppress and control the masses.
Hawking suggested AI could be the last event in the history of our civilisation if humanity did not learn to cope with the risks it posed.
But the cosmologist and professor also said AI could have great benefits and potentially erase poverty and disease.
“We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity. So it’s a welcome change that people are studying instead the future of intelligence,” Hawking said at the opening of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI) at Cambridge University on Wednesday.
“The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge…” he continued. “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.”