“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” says Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking who adds that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence, and “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded”
Prof Hawking is not alone in fearing for the future.
In the short term, there are concerns that clever machines capable of undertaking tasks done by humans until now will swiftly destroy millions of jobs.
Elon Musk, chief executive of rocket-maker Space X, also fears artificial intelligence
In the longer term, the technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has warned that AI is “our biggest existential threat”.