Members of Parliament warned that artificial intelligence could kill the human race and make humanity extinct
Advanced artificial intelligence could one day ‘kill everyone’ – and there will be nothing we can do to stop it, MPs have warned.
Experts from the University of Oxford said that when AI eventually becomes smarter than us, it is likely to pose as great a threat as humans did to the dodo.
They told the Science and Technology Select Committee that reaching this stage – known as artificial superintelligence – could be achieved by the end of the century. Warning of a “literal arms race” between nation-states and tech companies, Michael Osborne, a professor of machine learning, has called for global regulation to prevent tech companies from creating out-of-control systems that could end up “wiping out the entire human race.” The evidence was heard as part of a government investigation into the risks posed by artificial intelligence and how it can be used ethically and responsibly.
Experts from the University of Oxford said that when AI eventually becomes smarter than us, it is likely to pose as great a threat as humans did to the dodo. [File image]
However, in the first session, PhD student Michael Cohen gave a stark warning that there are no limits to how far AI can go. He said, ‘I think the grim scenario is realistic because AI is trying to mobilize what makes humans special, and that has completely changed the face of the earth by humans.
“So if we can capture that in technology, then of course it will pose a risk to us just as much as we have exposed it to other species, the dodo being one example.”
The doomsday predictions have unsettling similarities to the plot of the blockbuster sci-fi movie The Matrix, in which humanity is beholden to intelligent machines.