Stephen Hawking on Artificial Intelligence – ‘A Civilization Destroyer’

stephen hawking on artificial intelligence

Last Updated on July 4, 2021

A great scientist Stephen Hawking, Best known for cosmologist, physicist, black hole paradox. Further, some theories given by them and a book “A Brief History of Time“, that has given a new direction to our civilization. Despite his disability, many theories in his scientific world put, in front of us through his voice. One of his theories is “Artificial Intelligence”. Stephen Hawking said a lot about artificial intelligence.

After giving statements on Artificial Intelligence – (Its danger, opportunity) Many people wondered what would really happen in the future.

Today in this article, we will look at all the statements given by them and find out whether AI is really a threat to humanity. But before jumping into that section, let us first understand the basics definition of Artificial Intelligence.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

AI(Artificial Intelligence) which is a branch of computer science, deals with the simulation of intelligence in computers, which means that it can work as human intelligence.

It aims to create a machine that can think, react, and learn in the same way as humans do. You can also say it a non-natural intelligence that would have the ability to understand, think, and become self-aware.

Stephen Hawking on Artificial Intelligence

In an interview with the BBC in December 2014, Stephen Hawking gave his first statement about AI technology. He said, “If you try to create a thinking machines, then it will pose a threat to our existence.

Professor Stephen Hawking says, an AI program has proved very useful as far as it has developed. But they afraid that if someday an AI program is created that can compete with the consciousness of the human level, then it can surpass humans and become powerful.

If I talk about the consciousness of AI i.e. AGI and ASI, then rejoice, no such intelligence has been developed yet. Experts say that it is not possible even for the next 50 years. Even if we accept Stephen Hawking’s statement, it would be the worst thing to happen to our civilization, if we were not so careful.

As a researcher or scientist, if in the development of AI did not work closely then as I said, it would be the worst thing that ever happens to us. We will be living in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

Is AI a Threat to Humanity

Till now, AI has been used as a better method but it cannot be said that there can be no misuse of this technology. It depends on how we use it. If you reminiscence, history has put before us a very remarkable event. A war of currents between two geniuses, “Thomas Edison” and “Nikola Tesla” in the 1880s.

AC V/S DC

Both geniuses, one with the idea of DC Current and the other with the idea of AC current. In which AC current is used the most today, but it was not so at that time(1880s-1890s).

nikola tesla vs thomas edison

When AC current provided with high voltage till far distance to people, Thomas Edison claimed that High Voltage is the most hazardous threat for humanity. He tested on animals, but Tesla kept moving forward with positive hope and succeed. Now, this powerful tool brought a revolution to our civilization.

Today this thinking is arising regarding AI also. So it may be wrong to say that AI technology can be a threat to humanity. If this technology is used properly, then this will be the best achievement for us.

We use artificial intelligence every day. Let’s show you a simple example when you search for something on the Internet, you see relevant and best results according to your search keywords. Well, that results you see are decided by AI. There are many other sectors(eCommerce, Marketing, Medical) where artificial intelligence is helping us in many ways.

Yes, it is a different matter that some great personalities(Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk) have claimed that AI could be a threat to humanity in the future. Well, many people strongly disagree with Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about Artificial Intelligence. Elon Musk, who uses Artificial Intelligence(Tesla for their autopilot) in his own companies but he warns us regarding AI.

A fact that you should also consider, if a person who is blind since childhood, who always needs a partner to feel this world. If an AI program (Ex- Microsoft Seeing AI) can help in any way, then it would be the biggest miracle for him. Then how can AI be a threat to us?.

Stephen Hawking quotes on Artificial Intelligence

Stephen Hawking was not only an eminent scientist but also a true inspiration to many people. Below we have put some debated quotes by Stephen Hawking on AI.

  • The genie is out of the bottle. We need to move forward on artificial intelligence development but we also need to be mindful of its very real dangers. I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that will outperform humans.

— In an interview with the WIRED magazine, November 2017

  • The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.

— In an interview with the BBC, December 2014

  • Success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization or the worst. Perhaps we should all stop for a moment and focus not only on making our AI better and more successful but also on the benefit of humanity. Stephen Hawking says the timing might be faster than we think AI could surpass us in just a few decades.

— In an interview with the Web Summit, November 2017

Well, this is not a quote, but a thought by Stephen Hawking, that he said about an international bestseller book “Life 3.0 Being human in the age of Artificial Intelligence” by Max Tegmark. “This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark’s thought-provoking book will help you join it.” It is the most recommended book if you study Artificial Intelligence. Click the link below to buy it.

Conclusion

From all the statements of Stephen Hawking, it seems that the percentage of intelligence that is not human, is increasing. But that’s probably not quite right. Well, what do you think about it, is Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk is right about AI? Is AI really a threat to humanity. Give your thoughts below in the comment section.

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