World-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking will host a Q&A session on the unconventional social networking and infotainment site Reddit on topics related to artificial intelligence (AI) and the risks it may pose to humanity.
This will be the physician’s first Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ session, or AMA. The session is poised to last for several weeks but there’s a limited time frame in which you can ask a question. The scientist will eventually pick the questions which better suit his purpose and provide an answer at his own pace, administrators said.
You can ask Hawking “anything” related to AI starting Monday (July 27) through Tuesday (August 4). The AMA session is supported by Nokia and hosted on Reddit’s /r/science section.
Hawking opened the session Monday at 8 am EST. He named the thread “making the future of technology more human.” The British physicist is currently conducting a campaign to raise awareness on the consequences the expanding role of artificial intelligence may play in our lives.
In 2014, he warned against uncontrolled AI and its implications, while recently he suggested that artificial intelligence may overtake humanity by the end of the century. Last year he told BBC that fully developed AI could “spell the end of human race”
Nevertheless, he admitted that advances in AI helped humans in various problems and may further help them eradicate diseases and poverty.
But Hawking envisions that unrestrained AI can lead to a Terminator-like apocalypse and a Skynet-like system that may try to eradicate the entire human race. The scientist believes that robots and machines can evolve very quickly and surpass humans on both technological and intellectual grounds.
Although, that vision may seem a Sci-Fi movie script other scientists and public figures are concerned about it, as well. Elon Musk, Tesla Motors and SpaceX’s billionaire chief executive, is also concerned about the rise of the robots.
On Monday, Musk and Hawking among others signed an open letter urging world governments and the United Nations to ban AI-based autonomous weapons because they may lead to the end of human race.
The proponents argued that if a nation starts a global AI arms race other nations may soon follow the trend and we cannot know how things would look like in the future. Musk and others said that all weapons which humanity has “no meaningful control over” should be banned and not allowed to become “the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.”
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