Stephen Hawking says AI could be ‘worst event’ in civilization

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) could be the “worst event within the history of our civilization” unless society finds a way to control its development, high-profile physicist Stephen Hawking said Monday.

He made the comments during a talk at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in which he said, “computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence, along with exceed the item.”

Hawking talked up the potential of AI to help undo damage done to the natural world, or eradicate poverty along with disease, with every aspect of society being “transformed.”

yet he admitted the future was uncertain.

“Success in creating effective AI, could be the biggest event within the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We just don’t know. So we cannot know if we will be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by the item along with side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by the item,” Hawking said during the speech.

“Unless we learn how to prepare for, along with avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event within the history of our civilization. the item brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or brand-new ways for the few to oppress the many. the item could bring great disruption to our economy.”

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