Professor Stephen Hawking has pleaded with world leaders to keep technology under control before it destroys humanity.
In an interview with the Times, the physicist said humans need to find ways to identify threats posed by artificial intelligence before problems escalate.
“Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” the scientist said.
“It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.”
Hawking added that the best solution would be “some form of world government” that could supervise the developing power of AI.
“But that might become a tyranny. All this may sound a bit doom-laden but I am an optimist. I think the human race will rise to meet these challenges,” he added.
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