Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the human race.

The world-renowned physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past, believes we need to establish a way of identifying threats quickly, before they have a chance to escalate.

“Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” he told The Times.

“It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.”


He suggests that "some form of world government” could be ideal for the job, but would itself create more problems.

“But that might become a tyranny," he added. “All this may sound a bit doom-laden but I am an optimist. I think the human race will rise to meet these challenges.”

In a Reddit AMA back in 2015, Mr Hawking said that AI would grow so powerful it would be capable of killing us entirely unintentionally.

“The real risk with AI isn't malice but competence,” Professor Hawking said. “A super intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren't aligned with ours, we're in trouble.

“You're probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you're in charge of a hydroelectric green energy project and there's an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants. Let's not place humanity in the position of those ants.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shares a similar viewpoint, having recently warned that humans are in danger of becoming irrelevant.

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” he said, suggesting that people could merge with machines in the future, in order to keep up.

 Author : Aatif Sulleyman

Source : http://finance.yahoo.com/news/professor-stephen-hawking-says-world-121118256.html

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Famed theoretical astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said the human civilization will not be able to exist another 1,000 years on Earth.

Addressing scholars at the Oxford Union, Hawking emphasized that efforts in space travel should be continued to be made.

Stephen Hawking: No future if human race “doesn’t go into space.”

“I don’t think we will survive another one thousand years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” he said, as noted by RT; underlining that the threat of a disaster – like a nuclear war or genetically engineered virus – could wipe out life on Earth.

He stressed that if human race “doesn’t go into space,” it will have no future.

“I therefore want to encourage public interest in space, and I have been getting my training in early,” he said, as noted by the Daily Mail.

Hawking also spoke about the research and our understanding of the universe. Although, he said, this year is a “glorious time to be alive and doing research into theoretical physics” certain difficulties could arise that humanity may not be able to overcome if our species is resigned to this planet.

“Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years and I am happy if I have made a small contribution,” he said.


“The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to understanding the laws that govern us and the universe is certainly a triumph.”

In recent months, Hawking has expressed concerns regarding the bleak fate of humans. As reported by the Independent, he has been critical in some ways of new advancements made in the field of science and technology, saying they are coming up with “new ways things can go wrong.”

Stephen Hawking: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”

Additionally, he also said humans will not be able to colonize Mars for another 100 years; stressing that, until then, human civilization must be “very careful.”

While he described the ever-growing and increasing risk that faces humanity, he also said there is hope for the future with regards to space exploration and discovery.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist,” he said.

“Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Source : morningnewsusa.com

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