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NOTICE ARCHIVE - 11/07/2018

Experts are distressed at the possibility of AI robots being developed for malicious purposes and claim it could lead to a third revolution in warfare. It is an issue troubling some of the greatest minds in the world at the moment, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk. Super intelligent machines could rather use humans instead of we using them. Professor Stephen Hawking said it is a 'near certainty' that a major technological disaster will threaten humanity in the next 1,000 to 10,000 years. As well as posing a threat to our jobs, other experts believe AI could 'go rogue' and become too complex for scientists to understand. 'Eventually, I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play a part in this,' DeepMind's Shane Legg said in a recent interview. He singled out artificial intelligence, or AI, as the 'number one risk for this century'.


Computer scientist Professor Michael Wooldridge said AI machines could become so intricate that engineers don't fully understand how they work. If experts don't understand how AI algorithms function, they won't be able to predict when they fail. This means driverless cars or intelligent robots could make unpredictable 'out of character' decisions during critical moments, which could put people in danger.


Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that's a danger to the public is regulated. AI should be too. Musk has consistently advocated for governments and private institutions to apply regulations on AI technology. He has argued that controls are necessary in order protect machines from advancing out of human control.


Elon Musk is one of the most prominent names and faces in developing and creating AI (Artificial Intelligence)  technologies, he is also acutely aware of its dangers. Here is a comprehensive timeline of all Musk's premonitions, thoughts and warnings about AI, so far.  


October 2014 - 'I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence.'


June 2016 - 'The benign situation with ultra-intelligent AI is that we would be so far below in intelligence we'd be like a pet.'


July 2017 - 'I have exposure to the very most cutting-edge AI and I think people should be really concerned about it.'


April 2018 - 'AI is a very important subject. It's going to affect our lives in ways we can't even imagine right now.'


April 2018 - 'We could create an immortal dictator from which we would never escape.'


Pressed for more specific guidance, Musk said the first step is for government to get a better understanding of the fast-moving achievements in developing artificial intelligence technology. Musk's comments come as AI experts warn a South Korean University is in the process of developing a secret robot army that could destroy humanity. Top academics claim the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is working with weapons manufacturer Hanwha Systems to develop the technology. Calling it a 'Pandora's box', the experts believe AI and automated killing droids should not be used as weapons of war.

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