While the world lost Stephen Hawking yesterday, his research will continue to shape how we understand the world. Thankfully, he left a large body of work for us to consult, like his comments on Reddit warning about artificial intelligence.
Stephen Hawking had a unique intellect, and spent a lot of time thinking about artificial intelligence. He talked about how AI could possibly evolve over time.
He warned that AI could be the best or worst thing that ever happened to us.
He said runaway AI could turn humans into relative intellectual snails.
He discussed the effects of AI on physical resources.
And he warned about the dangers of not sharing resources equally.
Stephen Hawking saw both the promise and the peril that comes with creating super-advanced artificial intelligence. Hopefully people are paying attention.