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How AI Could Accidentally Extinguish Humankind

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"If we’re all wiped out by an artificial superintelligence, it will almost certainly be on accident." -Émile P. Torres

Credit: The Washington Post.

The conventional expectation is that ever-growing computing power will be a boon for humanity. But what if those expectations are wrong? Could artificial superintelligence instead cause us great harm? Our extinction?

It is unclear if humanity will ever be prepared for superintelligence, but we are certainly not ready now. Research on artificial intelligence must slow down or even pause. And if researchers will not make this decision, governments should make it for them.

From The Washington Post
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