November 14, 2017 —
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), automakers and other companies are working together to get fully computerized driverless cars on the roads, but the artificial intelligence (AI) involved has some very smart people worried about who will be controlling what.
According to physicist Stephen Hawking, computers have the potential to rule humanity and eventually destroy civilization as we know it, all because computers decide to ignore their “masters” and turn the tables.
And while NHTSA wants computers to take control of cars in the quest for less highway fatalities, Hawking told a technology conference in Portugal that humans must find a way to control computers instead of them controlling us.
Hawking, director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, says AI could alter the economy and in the end,