Stephen Hawking joins foundation to defend humanity against autonomous robots

Stephen Hawking, who is part machine, wants to stop the rise of the machines.

From Fast Company:

Stephen Hawking, who turns 71 today, has joined the board of an international think tank devoted to defending humanity from futuristic threats. The Cambridge Project for Existential Risk is a newly founded organization which researches existential threats to humanity such as extreme climate change, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, artificial life, nanotech, and other emerging technologies. Skype cofounder Jaan Tallinn and Cambridge professors Huw Price and Martin Rees founded the project in late 2012.

Price and Tallinn collaborated on a speech at the 2012 Sydney Ideas Festival which argued that artificial intelligence has reached a threshold that could lead to an explosion of autonomous machine dominance similar to the rise of Homo sapiens. The Cambridge Project for Existential Risk's stated goal is to establish a research center dedicated to the study of autonomous robot (and other) threats within Cambridge University.

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Comment by Jesse on January 8, 2013 at 10:15pm

Should I wake up one day to find an ominous looking robot standing over me, huffing and puffing with glowing eyes... I may rethink things. But until then, I'm all for the future of autonomous robots, especially drones!

Comment by Sam Kelly on January 8, 2013 at 10:18pm

Well, the fact that we haven't been enslaved by a time-traveling AI from the future is proof enough for me that their project is working (or will work?).

Comment by Joshua Ott on January 9, 2013 at 1:38am

+1 Sam!

Flawless logic : )

Comment by u4eake on January 9, 2013 at 1:40am

Are they gonna design battlestars ?

Comment by Harry on January 9, 2013 at 2:31am

Stephen Hawkings runs the parking garage I've used.  You give him the card and he starts giving verbal instructions in his distinctive voice.  He's screwed up a few times and last time he actually paid me to park there, nice guy but a little hard to talk to.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 9, 2013 at 2:53am

Is the guy's publicity really waning so much that he has to do this?

Comment by Project Nadar on January 9, 2013 at 4:45am

He should be the first to support robots since all his life he depended on a robot chair to translate his needs into the real world ( I wish he didn't have the need)... I am against military applications no matter if they are robots or f16's but robots can make our life easier although they can withdraw a large amount the job market away from human factor. Harry you live in Cambridge? I studied there for 3 years? Very nice place.  

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on January 9, 2013 at 7:38am


I believe that Issac Asimov, in his "I, Robot" series, established laws that governed robots' interaction with humans. Why are we recreating what has already been written? LOL

Just a thought.



Comment by Rory Paul on January 9, 2013 at 7:56am

There is a good likelihood that in the future humanity will be indistinguishable from machines, we will simply be both organic and inorganic.

Comment by John Church on January 9, 2013 at 8:12am

He should be the first to support robots since all his life he depended on a robot chair to translate his needs into the real world

Agreed, but I don't think this is about not supporting robots or robotic intelligence. It's about not allowing those to dominate humans.

TCIII has it- the three laws.


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