The evolution of artificial intelligence threatens the future of humanity

After Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, Bill Gates is now worried about the risks to humanity that artificial intelligence can reveal.


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The AI (artificial intelligence) of the future announces a dark outlook for humans. “In a few decades the progress of intelligence will be such that it will become a problem”, warns Bill Gates, relaying the words of the founder of “SpaceX” (Elon Musk) and the author of “A Brief History of Time” (Stephen Hawking).

His concern is about the long term consequences: “In the beginning the machines will accomplish many tasks for us and won’t be super smart. This should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades later, however, intelligence will be strong enough to become a subject of preoccupation. I agree with Elon Musk and many others on this point, and I don’t understand those who don’t care”.

From an economic point of view, “the impact of artificial intelligence on the work is not a dramatic problem now but could be in the next 20-30 years”. The longer-term problem about the growing “power” of AI, to which we entrust the management of resources, is that the objectives could differ from those of humans.

He’s afraid of a scenario like the one in the movie “Terminator” where the machines gain the upper hand on their human creators. This could raise a smile if Bill Gates was not the founder of Microsoft and especially if others before him, had not expressed their own fears.

Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and technological start-ups like SpaceX, Tesla Motors and SolarCity, said in August on Twitter that we have to “be very careful with Artificial Intelligence”, which could be “potentially more dangerous than the atomic bombs”.

And the British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had also expressed its concerns on this issue last December. “The development of a complete artificial intelligence can mean the end of mankind” he insisted, before attempting a comparison: “Once humans have developed an artificial intelligence, it will take off and rebuild itself at an ever faster pace. Humans, limited by the slow biological evolution, can’t follow and will be replaced”.


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