Cambridge to Study Technologyâ€™s Risk to Humans
Could computers become cleverer than humans and take over the world? Or is that just the stuff of science fiction? Philosophers and scientists at Britainâ€™s Cambridge University think the question deserves serious study. A proposed Center for the Study of Existential Risk will bring together experts to consider the ways in which super intelligent technology, including artificial intelligence, could â€threaten our own existence,â€ the institution announced.
â€In the case of artificial intelligence, it seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology,â€ Cambridge philosophy professor Huw Price said. When that happens, â€weâ€™re no longer the smartest things around,â€ he said, and will risk being at the mercy of â€machines that are not malicious, but machines whose interests donâ€™t include us.â€