Futurist Expert Warns Robots Will Use Humans as Guinea Pigs in Experiments
It sounds like something out of the Twilight Zone, but a futurist's shocking prediction about real life robots using humans as test subjects like rats in cages might be more likely than we're willing to admit.
Dr. Ian Pearson, a self-proclaimed "futurologist" and inventor who touts an impressive "85 percent accuracy when looking 10 to 15 years ahead" and cites over 700 appearances on radio and TV. He recently claimed that AI will eventually become "billions of times smarter than humans" and that our best bet to keep up is to merge with it, but his most recent claim about AI (and how it will view humanity) sounds like a game-changer:
"We'll have trained [artificial intelligence] to be like us, trained it to feel emotions like us, but it won't be like us. It will be a bit like aliens off Star Trek—smarter and more calculated in its actions. It will be insensitive to humans, viewing us as barbaric. So when it decides to carry out its own experiments, with viruses that it's created, it will treat us like guinea pigs."
It certainly sounds like the kind of future Elon Musk has been worrying about: the SpaceX CEO has been so concerned with the prospect of powerful, dangerous AI threatening humanity that he's spent millions of dollars trying to keep tabs on the technology.
Musk's friends even have a name for Musk's obsession with preventing the AI apocalypse: "Elon's crusade." Of course, Stephen Hawking has also come out with strong warnings against AI, along with scientists from Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute and Cambridge University's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.
Even if an AI doesn't turn against humanity on its own, Pearson has warned that hackers might find ways to force it to turn against its users.
"That's definitely the type of thing rogue states and terrorists are going to be interested in. [They'll] try to find weaknesses and exploit them for their own purposes."
It's not that far-fetched—the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved forward the hand of the Doomsday Clock partly due to the threat of a nuclear holocaust triggered by hackers.