Since the moment it first became a remote possibility, we’ve been obsessed with the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI), but it’s always seemed a long way off…until now.
Professor Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have just added their names to a letterpublished by the Future of Life Institute (FLI), warning of the dangers of AI. After outlining the somewhat arcane benefits of such technology, the letter highlights how careful we need to be.
Hawking has previously said that AI could ‘spell the end of the human race’ and Musk is putting his money where his mouth is by donating $10m to the FLI to fund a global research programme that aims to ensure AI remains safe for humanity.
But Hawking and Musk may already be too late. ‘Mario Lives’ is a project created by researchers at University of Tübingen in Germany as part of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). This aims to give Super Mario the ability to learn from his surroundings and react to feelings.
So the end of human life on planet Earth may not come in the form of the Terminator…but from a loveable character that used to live in your N64.