Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Viewpoints Industry Asks: Are the Machines on the Verge of Taking Over?

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking -- two gentlemen who certainly know what they're talking about.  Viewpoints Industry has heard that these two visionaries are issuing some dark warnings about the fate of the world if we let machines take over.  Reflecting countless science fiction stories, like The Terminator, I Robot and 2001, A Space Odyssey, these warnings echo the fears expressed by writers and thinkers dating back to the dawn of mass communication.  There is some irony in this, because Elon Musk, as well as founding Tesla Motors, Paypal and SpaceX, has invested in Vicarious, a start-up research company that is working on an artificial intelligence system equal to that of the human brain.

Viewpoints Industry reports that, like in most of the science fiction stories ever written, the machines are on the rise.

The Viewpoints Industry TV show would positively defer to the ideas of Elon Must, a billionaire visionary who has started so many high-tech ventures that worked well, and Stephen Hawking, pre-eminent astrophysicist and one of the most brilliant minds in science today.  As our scifi authors have been penning these warnings for over a century, there must be some common sense to it.  A machine of limited intelligence could design its own successors who are even smarter, leading to the point where they might eventually feel they don't need us humans any more and that we are just a drag on their resources.  Since we are learning to design a "kill switch" into vehicles, smart phones, and the like, perhaps we should bury a self-destruct virus deep in these artificial intelligence systems -- just in case.

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