posted at 23:50
Author Name: Richard Ingham, Pascale Mollard
Artificial intelligence: Hawkings fears stir debate
"The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have, have proved very useful. But I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Hawking told the BBC. "Once humans develop artificial intelligence it would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate," he said. Gains in AI are creating machines that outstrip human performance, Cerqui argued. The trend eventually will delegate responsibility for human life to the machine, she predicted. He said, "I think machine intelligence will eventually surpass biological intelligence - and, yes, there will be significant existential risks associated with that transition." "Unless we missed something really spectacular in the news recently, none of them have come to pass," Armstrong says in a book, "Smarter than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence." "Machines already do things better than us," he said, pointing to chess-playing software. Recent years have seen dramatic gains in data-processing speed, spurring flexible software to enable a machine to learn from its mistakes, he said. Such situations require machines to have what humans possess naturally and in abundance - "Commonsense knowledge" to make sense of things.

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