We’ve all seen the movies where the machines take over. Terminator, The Matrix, 2001, there’s even the 1998 B movie classic ‘Dream House‘ where a smart home goes rogue with (unintentionally) hilarious consequences.
The machines taking over is all pure fantasy. Right?
Well in the last few months two distinguished and highly respected men have spoken out about the potential threat of AI to the human race.
Stephen Hawking told the BBC:
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race… Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
While Elon Musk warned:
“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful.”
When you look around at the mildy terrifying military robots starting to emerge, the sudden proliferation of drones and the impeding self driving car revolution, it’s perhaps no longer a huge stretch of the imagination to fast forward to a world where humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.
Both Hawking and Musk have signed this open letter to highlight awareness of their belief that the impact on society from AI is likely to increase and with it the need to ensure it’s serving man, not the machines.
So is it time to introduce regulatory oversight of AI systems to safeguard us all? Could Skynet really be a thing, or are you just happy that your lights come on automatically when you get home? Let us know what you think in the comments below.