Bill Gates Warns To Put Artificial Intelligence On A Leash Before It’s Too Late
You know it is a serious issue when people or companies that could benefit from a new technology, seem to condemn it. Bill Gates has similarly expressed his concern over the rising expansion into the artificial intelligence arena, and says that he, like fellow brainiac Stephen Hawking and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk, fears that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humanity.
Known for his super genius and the will to save the world, Bill Gates echoed the apprehension in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, which was voiced by Hawking, Musk and others last year. According to the wizards of knowledge, if the potential of artificial intelligence is not taken seriously, something along the lines of the science fiction scenarios from the Terminator and Matrix franchises could come to reality.
“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,” Gates wrote. “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.”
Earlier this month, Elon Musk gave up $10 million from his own pocket to fund an effort to keep artificial intelligence friendly. Gates and Musk both have shown a keen interest time and again to ensure that artificial intelligence not only stays friendly, but stays viable, i.e., public sentiment and lawmakers don’t turn against the basic concept of smart devices.
Artificial intelligence is likely to play a role in the future of Microsoft and also Musk’s SpaceX and Tesla. Yet, the big guns are making attempts to put the technology on a leash, highlighting the threats posed by it.
In case you are vague about the potential threat Bill Gates and the likes are going on about, you could take a read of Nick Bostrom’s book, Superintelligence which pans out the entire artificial intelligence field, along with the threats it is bound to pose on humanity. Even Musk has referred to and recommended it in the past, making it a reliable and primary foundation for much of the recent concern over artificial intelligence.