New Artificial Intelligence Technology Will Threaten Survival of Humankind: Louis Del Monte

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A humanoid robot being checked out at the University of Bonn July 3, 2014 Reuters

Physicist and author of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution, Louis Del Monte, believes that new artificial intelligence technology will threaten the survival of humankind, and in 30 years, probably, the top species on our planet, Earth, will not be humans.

Del Monte believes that we will become cyborgs, part human and part machine. Machines have become a part of our lives already where in cases required, artificial limbs have been replaced by our own, we feel that without computers and our gadgets we are handicapped. Machines have been helping us in our day to day life wherein they improve productivity and our quality of life. They are also helping us make big breakthroughs in medical technology. 

Del Monte is concerned that the machine will become more intelligent than humans when a scenario of man versus machine creeps in and that these machines might view humans as unpredictable and dangerous.

Del Monte said, "Today there's no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the time frame most experts predict. From that point on you're going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines." He warns that the machines will start protecting themselves by acquiring such capabilities and might start viewing humans as enemies. His prediction is that between 2040 and 2045, machines will become superior to that of human intelligence.

He believes, "It won't be the 'Terminator' scenario, not a war. In the early part of the post-singularity world, one scenario is that the machines will seek to turn humans into cyborgs. This is nearly happening now, replacing faulty limbs with artificial parts. We'll see the machines as a useful tool. Productivity in business based on automation will be increased dramatically in various countries. In China it doubled, just based on GDP per employee due to use of machines. By the end of this century, most of the human race will have become cyborgs [part human, part tech or machine]. The allure will be immortality. Machines will make breakthroughs in medical technology, most of the human race will have more leisure time, and we'll think we've never had it better. The concern I'm raising is that the machines will view us as an unpredictable and dangerous species." 

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