At last we can change the future and stop the machines taking over:
A philosopher, a scientist and one of the co-founders of Skype have formed an alliance to create a new centre in Cambridge that will address developments in technologies that might pose a threat to the human species.
The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CESR) will investigate advances made in the fields of biotechnology and artificial intelligence that could force us to compete for resources and ultimately war with machines.
“At some point, this century or next, we may well be facing one of the major shifts in human history – perhaps even cosmic history – when intelligence escapes the constraints of biology,” says Huw Price, of the Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and one of CSER’s three founders. “With so much at stake, we need to do a better job of understanding the risks of potentially catastrophic technologies.”
Now if we can just sort out the threat from monsters under the bed …
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog