The threat of artificial intelligence to the human race

The founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has said that humans need to be vigilant towards the threat the rise of artificial intelligence can pose to their existence.

He shared these thought few days after Eric Horvitz, a senior member of Microsoft research said he did not believe artificial intelligence presented any great risks to humanity.

Bill’s opposing view was made known during a ‘ask me anything’ question and answer session on Reddit.

Microsoft Founder - Bill Gates

In response to a user’s question, Mr. Gates wrote: “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 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.”

A well equipped and highly sophisticated artificial intelligence machine, as recently noted by Professor Stephen Hawking could spell the end of the human race. This is to confirm that Mr. Gates is not alone in this whole new thought pattern.

In his speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AeroAstro Centennial Symposium in October, US entrepreneur expressed his fears about the future of technology, arguing that artificial intelligence is humanity’s “biggest existential threat”. He said: “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.” “With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.”

Mr. Gates in spite of all his fears has said that if Microsoft had not been a success story he would probably be a researcher in Artificial Intelligence.

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