(source) - Humans beware — artificially intelligent beings could one day rise up and wipe us all out, Professor Stephen Hawking said Tuesday. It may sound like the storyline from “The Terminator,” but the world-renowned genius warns that future creations could become eerily similar to Skynet and might in fact lead to the extinction of all mankind.
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking told the BBC. “It would take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate.” The famed physicist and cosmologist was speaking at a press conference in London on Tuesday. He revealed details of a first-of-its-kind software from Intel Labs that amazingly predicts the words he wants to say based on his previous statements, according to Mashable. The SwiftKey system took three years to develop and gives Hawking the ability to type less than 20 percent of the characters he needs. The wheelchair-bound scholar claims that groundbreaking systems such as these could rapidly evolve and dethrone human beings as Earth’s most intelligent inhabitants. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded,” Hawking cautioned.
Luckily for us, some robotics experts don’t see this happening anytime soon and continue to remain hopeful about the possibilities of artificial intelligence. “I believe we will remain in charge of the technology for a decently long time and the potential of it to solve many of the world problems will be realized,” said Rollo Carpenter, creator of Cleverbot. “We cannot quite know what will happen if a machine exceeds our own intelligence, so we can’t know if we’ll be infinitely helped by it, or ignored by it and sidelined, or conceivably destroyed by it.”
So we stop building robots now, right? If there's one thing I know it's that once Stephen Hawking warns you about something, you do whatever it takes to stop the thing he's warning about (there's a better way to say that). When it comes to important decisions for the betterment of mankind, I defer to Stephen every time. There's a reason the guy's a genius, people. He does all the smart thinking so that we can make simple decisions based on his information. Hey Stephen, is global warming the biggest threat to mankind? Yes? Okay then, no more pollution. Boom. Hey Stephen, do aliens exist and should we be afraid of them? Yep? Alright, get Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum in a space ship. Done. Hey Stephen, are robots gonna be smarter than us one day and Terminator us to smithereens? Uh-huh? Fine, no more robots. Simple. Human survival is not that difficult of a concept, guys. Just let Stephen Hawking think for all of us and then make enormous, world altering changes. After all, humans are adaptable if nothing else, and I'd rather adapt than be murdered by robots, aliens, or radiation. Just sayin.