Why we’re Right to be Scared about Artificial Intelligence

When people like Professor Steven Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk raise concerns about our survival as a species, it’s hard not to take note.


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For many years, the science fiction genre has created stories focused around the rise of super-intelligent machines with the desire — and the ability — to supersede humans.

Whilst these eventualities seem no more than far-fetched Hollywood fiction, the fact is that in the real world, many leading thinkers are expressing serious concerns over what could happen if we let machines get too smart.

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Following a review in Drones — Our Future Skies of the possible risks of AI as it is developed in Drone technologies, we’ve looked into some of the starkest warnings around how artificial intelligence could threaten our futures.


“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful”– Elon Musk

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“Once you start to make machines that are rivalling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it’s going to be very difficult for us to survive” — Sir Clive Sinclair
“I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned” — Bill Gates

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“I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded” — Professor Stephen Hawking

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“People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they’re too stupid and they’ve already taken over the world” — Pedro Domingos
“By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it” — Eliezer Yudkowsky

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“Humans steer the future not because we’re the strongest or the fastest, but because we’re the smartest…When machines become smarter than humans, we’ll be handing them the steering wheel” — Dr Stuart Armstrong

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Whilst we may feel that we’ll always have some control over the machines we create, many who’ve earned the right to have an opinion are starting to question just how safe they really are.

To read up a little more on the development of Artificial intelligence, with a focus on how AI in drones could prove a threat to us, take a look at our review by clicking here.

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