Many wars took place on Earth for many thousands of years, but never before humanity was not so close to extinction, so say researchers from Cambridge. And it is not a nuclear missile, or Nibiru, end of the world for people bring artificial intelligence that so diligently improved their year after year. The plot of the movie "Terminator" logical before the end of this century …
Center for the Study of existential risks (CSER) Cambridge conducted studies that proved that modern technology can destroy human civilization in the near future. The scientists analyzed the threat posed by biotechnology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, nuclear war and climate change, says PhysOrg.
Co-founder of Skype Jaan Tallinn and philosopher Hugh Price believe that the biggest threat to the survival of human civilization — the increase in computational power of computers. Sooner or later, this process will lead to the creation of the "One artificial intelligence", which will be able to write programs independently and without human intervention to produce robots, their "offspring."
"During this century, the mind leaves the biological nature. Intelligence will gain and electronic systems, we will not be the only intelligent species on Earth — says Pryce — We should give serious consideration to the likelihood that the invention of artificial intelligence can become a new Pandora's box. In case of incorrect handling the consequences could be disastrous. "
Experts CSER going to interview analysts from fields such as politics, law, computer science and science to make possible a more accurate prediction of disaster.
According to Price, the main danger is that one day computers will allocate resources according to their own needs at the expense of human desires.
"Perhaps mankind will have to fight for resources with the dominant" — says Pryce — Take, for example, gorillas. They did not die out because people are hostile to them, and because we are changing the environment around them in accordance with our desires. "