Stephen Hawking is known for his groundbreaking achievements in science, but many do not realize that the physicist is also recognized for making predictions about the future of humanity and Earth. This year the Oxford professor made some of the most unusual predictions to date, some of which may put a slight damper on your New Year’s festivities.
In a book that’s become the darling of many a Silicon Valley billionaire — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind — the historian Yuval Harari paints a picture of humanity’s inexorable march towards ever greater forms of collectivization. From the tribal clans of pre-history, people gathered to create city-states, then nations, and finally empires. While certain recent political trends, namely Brexit and the nativism of Donald Trump would seem to belie this trend, now another luminary of academia has added his voice to the chorus calling for stronger forms of world government. Far from citing some ancient historical trends though, Stephen Hawking points to artificial intelligence as a defining reason for needing stronger forms of globally enforced cooperation.
Is artificial intelligence really an “existential threat” to humanity? Some very smart people: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Sam Altman and particularly Oxford ProfessorNick Bostrom, really think so. Continue reading… “Why tech leaders are really scared of A.I.”
It’s probably worth paying attention when Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates all agree on something. All three have been waring us of the potential dangers that come with artificial intelligence. Continue reading… “What will happen when AI meets the internet of things?”
Microsoft head of research Eric Horvitz says, in contrast to what others, such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have said, that even though machines will likely achieve a human-like consciousness but do not pose a threat to the survival of mankind. Continue reading… “Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz contradicts Musk, Hawking, Gates, says artificial intelligence not a threat”
Bill Gates is warning humanity to beware of artificial intelligence before its too late. The Microsoft co-founder joins other high profile leaders of technology and science, including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, in alerting us to the potential threat from artificially intelligent machines. Continue reading… “Bill Gates is concerned about artificial intelligence”
There is the realistic potential for malicious artificial intelligence to wreak havoc on humanity’s way of life. Physicist Stephen Hawking agrees it’s worth worrying about.
Stephen Hawking wants to stop the rise of the machines.
Stephen Hawking turned 71 on January 8th and has joined the board of an international think tank devoted to defending humanity from futuristic threats. The newly founded organization, the Cambridge Project for Existential Risk, researches existential threats to humanity such as extreme climate change, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, artificial life, nanotech, and other emerging technologies. Skype cofounder Jaan Tallinn and Cambridge professors Huw Price and Martin Rees founded the project in late 2012.
Stephen Hawking is a brilliant scientist rocks our scientific world. He democratize scientific knowledge and a small facet of his genius is the ability to democratize scientific knowledge. Hawking acts like a great counter force against anti-intellectual movements. He takes complex scientific principles and explains them so the general public can understand and, more importantly, appreciate the science behind them. He inspires people to want to know more about Calabi–Yau manifolds and multiverses.
The human race must look to outer space within the next century or it will become extinct, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned. The renowned astrophysicist said he fears mankind is in great danger and its future “must be in space” if it is to survive.
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking set off chatter in late April when he posited the existence of intelligent aliens on his new TV series, “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” — adding that it would be best for human beings to avoid contact with them.
Doomsday Clock: Created in 1947 by concerned scientists
The minute hand of the famous Doomsday Clock has been moved to six minutes to midnight – one minute further away from human annihilation than before. The timepiece in New York conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction, which is represented by midnight.