Artificial intelligence could end human civilization within a century, warns famed physicist Stephen Hawking.

Artificial intelligence could end human civilization within a century, warns famed physicist Stephen Hawking.

The popular scientist made his remarks on May 12, at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference, held in London, England.

Back in January, Hawking signed an open letter, along with private space entrepreneur and developer Elon Musk, warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence. The pair called for control of technology, fearing repercussions for the human race if progress in computing power is left unchecked.

“Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours,” Hawkingstated.

Facebook, Google and other developers are currently working on new systems that would enhance artificial intelligence. More than 150 companies in Silicon Valley alone are working on developing the new technologies which can be found in electronics such as the virtual assistant Siri and self-driving vehicles. Hawking, Musk, and others are concerned that this development could have grave consequences for the future of the human race.

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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