Bill Gates has entered the increasing list of people in computing who are vary of artificial intelligence. In an AMA session on Reddit, the Microsoft chairman wondered whether the machines could grow as powerful one day as to be uncontrollable.
Gates’ sentiments echoed that of Stephen Hawking, who believes the rise of machines can actually end up marking the end of mankind, and Elon Musk among other people.
When asked by a user about how much of an existential threat machine superintelligence poses and whether end-to-end internet encryption will protect us completely, here’s what he had to say:
“I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well.
A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”
However, as the BBC noted these views were in contrast with those of Microsoft Research head Eric Horvitz who said that such a threat was fundamentally not present. Horvitz himself is working on a project at Microsoft called Personal Agent, which will help you in managing and incorporating stuff in your real-life.
“Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” – Stephen Hawking
Recently, a group of around 100 scientists signed an open letter hailing the importance of AI while also raising suspicion. Hence, while AI research is definitely something that should be undertaken with fervor, the darker side of it must be considered too.