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Are Robots a Threat to the Human Race

If you believe what you have seen in science fiction films like Ex Machina, iRobot or even the Terminator movies, you’d be expecting robots to take over the world in the not too distant future. The development of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic technology hasn’t quite gone along with the Hollywood scripts, but there have been some big jumps in technology lately. You don’t see it everyday, but robots are an increasing presence in the world around us in work, leisure, defense, basically everything we do – and this has some of the worlds greatest minds concerned. Are robots a threat to humanity and should we be worried?

Are Robots A Threat to the Human Race?

It might seem a little far fetched right now, but the fact is we just don’t know how far AI can go, and some of the world’s greatest minds have spoken out about their concerns and what it will mean for humans.

Threat to the Human Race

One of the greatest ever scientific minds, Prof Steven Hawking, believes that our efforts to create a thinking machine could be our very undoing. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” he said. Hawking admits that the current forms of AI are useful (he benefits from it himself), but his fears are based on creating something that can potentially surpass humans. “It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate,” he said. Because human development is biologically slow, he argues that we can’t compete and would be “superseded.”

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