Hawking believes that artificial intelligence can save us (or destroy us)

The artificial intelligence has been a contentious issue in recent years, especially because of the great amount of progress that has been taking shape. And the famous physicist Stephen Hawking is not out of this. 

Our worst enemy 

Hawking pointed out that what artificial intelligence can do with us is unpredictable, especially in regard to a possible development of its own will that conflicts with the human will. Hawking not only refers to the possible development of autonomy of machines, which could become autonomous weapons of war or instruments of oppression. 

Recall that, for example, the Pentagon – the building of the  Department of Defense of the United States – is not only developing artificial intelligence that is capable of devising more effective strategies, based on virtual maps in which the location of each soldier can be seen, both allies and rivals.  

On the other hand, it is also worrisome the way in which the human being can use artificial intelligence to amplify their capacities, although in this case the unpredictable is not only the human motivation itself.  

or our best ally? 

However, this technological development also implies many benefits for humanity, since intelligent machines could have many interesting capabilities that we do not, generally, due to physical limitations.  

The possibilities of using artificial intelligence to perform medical operations that require a lot of precision or even when developing cheaper designs for airplanes, or buildings resistant to natural catastrophes, undoubtedly allows us to dream of a positive future around it. 



Know the roots of our fear to overcome it 

The fear of technological advances is expected, insofar as they give us the feeling that we have lost control and feel vulnerable. The human brain, moreover, can identify novel technological advances as dangerous, because when they try to resort to their memories to explain the situation, they can not find the information.