Leading scientist often considered the icon of science, Stephen Hawking at the launch of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) in Cambridge, spoke about Artificial Intelligence.
The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is launched with a vision to “build a new interdisciplinary community of researchers. Along with strong links to technologists and the policy world, and a clear practical goal. The goal is to ensure that we humans make the best of the opportunities of artificial intelligence as it develops over coming decades.”
Hawking supporting the unprecedented and rapid development of AI technology in recent years, from self-driving cars to a computer playing (and defeating humans) has acknowledged, “Success in creating AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization.”
Hawking further explained “The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge. We cannot predict what we might achieve when our own minds are amplified by AI.”
Hawking has also warned about the potential dangers associated with AI. “Alongside the benefits, AI will also bring dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many.” He further pointed out that AI could lead to the singularity, where the will of its own could come in conflict with the will of humanity.
AI pioneer Maggie Boden, who is a part of center’s advisory board at the launch event said, “CFI aims to pre-empt these dangers, by guiding AI development in human-friendly ways.”
Researchers from most reputed universities- Cambridge, Oxford, Berkeley, and Imperial College, London are behind this initiative. Thereby it is believed that the goal of the centre is ought to be achieved.
Hawking in his concluding remarks hopefully exclaimed, “The research done by this center is crucial to the future of our civilization and of our species.”