Set Your Doomsday Clocks: Experts Say AI Will Match Human Intelligence By 2062

Friday, 09 November 2018 - 12:56PM
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Friday, 09 November 2018 - 12:56PM
Set Your Doomsday Clocks: Experts Say AI Will Match Human Intelligence By 2062
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It was fun while it lasted, guys. We all knew that the day would come when humanity would spark the flame that would destroy the world. It turns out that flame is artificial intelligence, and depending on which side of the debate you fall on, we may now have a timeline for when it all goes wrong. Business Insider reports that according to one expert, AI will reach human-level intelligence by the year 2062, which gives us less than 50 years before we're enslaved by the computers and the world as we know it ceases to exist.

"Even without machines that are very smart, I'm starting to get a little bit nervous about where it's going and the important choices we should be making," University of New South Wales Sydney professor Toby Walsh said at this week's Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The author of the book 2062: The World that AI Made, Walsh argued that artificial intelligence will be able to learn human traits like creativity and adaptability, and that it will be used to manipulate voting processes and access our data even more than it already has been. He argued that data breaches are becoming more normalized, and pointed out that users of health apps and other private services don't own the data that is being collected about them because they sign it away when they agree to the terms.

"Fully autonomous machines will radically change the nature of warfare," Walsh added. Other notable experts and thinkers (including Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking) have warned of the potential dangers of artificial intelligence and have called for more cautious and balanced approaches to the development of the programs. It doesn't seem like all of the humans responsible for teaching and creating the artificial intelligences are listening, we'll see how it all turns out. Check back in on this day in 2062 to see if Outer Places is run by an AI and not the humans that we swear that we are.

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