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Artificial intelligence

Stephen Hawking was right, we must control AI before it controls us

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2018, 3:09pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2018, 3:09pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been a topic that sparks debate. AI technology can facilitate social advancement. It can help scientists improve current technologies and make discoveries. It can speed up tasks because machines can calculate and act quicker than people. It can also help to ensure the safety of those in risky jobs, such as firefighters and miners.

However, we should remember the warning from the late physicist, Stephen Hawking, who said that, as AI becomes smarter, it will be more difficult to control. For example, in the filmTerminator, advanced machines start annihilating humans. It might be best to avoid inventing technologies that can lead to our own extinction.

But researchers keep improving AI technology with the aim of bettering our quality of life. We can only hope that they have the ability to stop the machines if they ever seem to be getting out of control

The use of AI has its pros and cons, so scientists should think of methods to keep the machines under control when they become more intelligent than humans.

Thomas Wong, Tseung Kwan O