Stephen Hawking: AI Will Be Either The Best Or Worst Thing To Happen To Humanity

“It will bring great disruption to our economy.

“And in the future, AI could develop a will of its own – a will that is in conflict with ours.

“In short, the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.

“We do not know which.”

He continued: “That is why, in 2014, I and a few others called for more research to be done in this area.

“I am very glad that someone was listening to me!”

He welcomed the launch of the new centre, which is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and the University of California, Berkeley.

“The research done by this centre is crucial to the future of our civilisation and of our species,” he said.

CFI is funded by an unprecedented £10 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust.

Its mission is to create an interdisciplinary community of researchers that will work closely with industry and policy-makers.

It is the first centre of its kind that will examine both risks and benefits, short and long-term.

And Prof Hawking joked: “We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity.

“So it is a welcome change that people are studying instead the future of intelligence.”

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