JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SCIENTIST STEPHEN HAWKING’S LATE-LIFE SECOND CAREER AS TENT-PREACHER – ROBOTS AND OUR FUTURE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

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Stephen Hawking is concerned that artificial intelligence could replace humans.
The world-renowned physicist fears that somebody will create AI that will keep improving itself until it’s eventually superior to people.

Well, Stephen has tossed around a lot of different warnings in recent years – warnings on robots, aliens, and climate change.

In his old age, he’s beginning to sound almost like a scientific tent-preacher.

But I think he’s right on a new form of life.

And I don’t see anything wrong with it.

Why should evolution and change stop with our rather shabby species?

Our destiny, it seems to me, to be to serve as transitional creatures, no different than Neanderthal or Brontosaurus, in what appears the endless march of change.

Why should the emergence of robots/AI be viewed in any different light?

Indeed, I think there is a touch of hi-tech Luddism in such warnings.

In any case, we cannot stop the advance of knowledge and its applications to new things.

We can’t even stop the hydrogen bomb, and it seems to me a whole lot more dangerous than robots/AI.

Indeed, maybe only the dominance of machines will end such horrors.

Readers may enjoy:

http://chuckmanrobots.blogspot.ca/

Posted November 5, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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