Hawking: Computers Will Overtake Us — But When They Do, Will They Have “Goals Aligned With Ours”?


Those who will make such weighty decisions — mere decades hence — must now be made aware of Cosmotheism and all its implications.

STEPHEN HAWKING today warned that computers will overtake humans in terms of intelligence at some point within the next century.

Speaking at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference in London, the internationally renowned cosmologist and Cambridge University professor, said: “Computers will overtake humans with AI [Artificial Intelligence] at some time within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.”

Hawking, who signed an open letter alongside Elon Musk earlier this year warning AI development should not go on uncontrolled, added: “Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it.” 

In the short term, people are concerned about who controls AI, but in the long term, the concern will be whether AI can be controlled at all, said Hawking. 

AI can be defined as the intelligence exhibited by machines or software. It has the potential to have a profound impact on the world as people know and it’s an area being pursued by global tech giants such as Google and Facebook. 

AI technology is already built into devices we use in our everyday lives. For example, Siri, an intelligent personal assistant that sits inside iPhones and iPads is underpinned by AI developed by Apple, while Google’s self-driving vehicles also rely heavily on AI. According to the FT, more than 150 startups in Silicon Valley are working on AI today.

Hawking believes that scientists and technologists need to safely and carefully coordinate and communicate advancements in AI to ensure it does not grow beyond humanity’s control.

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Source: Techworld

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14 May, 2015 6:29 pm

I admire Dr. Hawking but I wish he would avoid confusing science fiction with science fact. I think he may have overdosed on a tad too much “Star Trek.” There is an infinite order of magnitude difference between the processes that constitute human intelligence and those we can loosely call machine intelligence. And I do not plan to discuss in this comment such subjects as socio-engineering, biology, neuroscience, Boolean algebra, digital electronics and may other related fields both scientific and ethical, but science fiction crap pots have been saying this ever since the valve was invented. As a fellow scientist – I am always embarrassed when a well-respected scientist comes out with such drivel. It makes the rest of us look bad. As scientists we are supposed to be practical… Read more »

Reply to  SAMUEL U
20 December, 2020 6:08 am

Great post but as for sci-Fi, Hawking looked like Davros without the Dalek…BTW, the Dalek is just a tall Panzer, because Terry Nation was just another paranoid Jew fantasist and wise old Dr. Who was only Doctor Jew…a rabbi fighting the Nazi’s…the series even used the Warsaw ghetto trope…and a smidgen of folk know the BBC is wholly kosher.

14 May, 2015 8:31 pm

I completely do agree with you, Samuel U.

“AI” has no more free will nor any self-
aware consciousness than does any light
bulb, and it never will. Machines only
can do what they are programmed to do
and any “intelligence” of any “AI” is
that and only that of the programmer.

Reply to  Cosmotheist
20 December, 2020 6:12 am

Absolutely…this idea that machines might ‘evolve’ thought is on a par with thinking a car won’t start out of spite or that a ship is a ‘She…cat’s take their reflections for real in mirrors sometime…a Viking call his axe Skull-cleaver…I’d call this outlook, technoid autismos, to wax Grecian.