I've Been Saying It For Years: Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could Be The Downfall Of Humanity

May 6, 2014

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In news that it shouldn't take a world-renowned theoretical physicist to figure out, Stephen Hawking is now warning that artificial intelligence could be humanity's downfall. And Stephen Hawking's downfall? "Stairs." Wow -- you really are a terrible person.

'Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history,' he said. 'Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.'


In an article written in the Independent, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist discusses Jonny Depp's latest film Transcendence, which delves into a world where computers can surpass the abilities of humans.

Professor Hawking said dismissing the film as science fiction could be the 'worst mistake in history'.

Wait -- dismissing Johnny's Depps' latest movie could be the worst mistake in history? Really? Because going to see a movie that only scored 22% on Rotten Tomatoes was definitely the worst mistake of my weekend. Jk jk, I did MUCH more terrible things. "Like what?" Unspeakable horrors. If I told you, your parents definitely wouldn't let us hang out after school anymore.

Thanks to my buddy D.j., who agrees the only useful artificial intelligence is auto-complete, and even that sucks most of the time.

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