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Hawking treated Artificial Intelligence as threat to humanity

Hawking's theory lies upon the assumption that the universe has no boundaries

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Scientist Stephen Hawking giving his views on the danger of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Scientist Stephen Hawking giving his views on the danger of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
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  • Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14th, 2018
  • He treated AI always as a threat to humanity
  • There were many arguments he presented to support his point

Award-winning physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, who died on Wednesday, always warned against Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its growing dominance over humanity.

“Earth is becoming too small and humanity is bound to self-destruct, with AI replacing us as the dominant being on the planet,” he told wired.com in November 2017.

There are many good uses of AI, but it can be misused too.
There are many good uses of AI, but it can be misused too.

“I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans,” Hawking said.

The theoretical physicist kept on saying in the past that that developments in AI have been so great that the machines will one day be more dominant than human beings.

He noted that a new space programme should be humanity’s top priority “with a view to eventually colonising suitable planets for human habitation”.

“I believe we have reached the point of no return. Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing,” Hawking warned.

In 2016, at the opening of Cambridge University’s AI centre, Professor Hawking said that AI could either be the best or worst invention humanity has ever made. Earlier in March, the renowned British physicist said there was nothing around before the Big Bang.

Speaking during a TV talk show “Star Talk” on National Geographic Channel, Hawking propounded his theory on what happened before the universe came into existence. Hawking’s theory lies upon the assumption that the universe has no boundaries. During the show, Hawking argued that before the Big Bang, real ordinary time was replaced by imaginary time and was in a bent form.

AI has the potential to increase India's annual growth.
AI can harm humanity: Hawking. Pixabay

“It was always reaching closer to nothing but didn’t become nothing,” he said. Further, Hawking drew an analogy between the distorted time with Ancient Greek philosopher Euclid’s theory of space-time, a closed surface without end.

Taking the example of Earth, he said: “One can regard imaginary and real-time beginning at the South Pole … There is nothing south of the South Pole, so there was nothing around before the Big Bang.”

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“There was never a Big Bang that produced something from nothing. It just seemed that way from mankind’s perspective,” Hawking said, hinting that a lot of what we believe is derived from a human-centric perspective, which might limit the scope of human knowledge of the world. IANS

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BlackBerry Unveils its EoT Platform ‘BlackBerry Spark’

The platform would facilitate consumer-friendly interfaces to complex processes and AI, such as voice-activated speakers with privacy protection.

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'BlackBerry Spark' EoT platform unveiled. Pixabay

BlackBerry on Thursday unveiled its Enterprise of Things (EoT) platform “BlackBerry Spark”, which is designed and built to establish end-to-end, ultra-secure hyperconnectivity.

The EoT platform would be available by the end of 2018.

Hyperconnectivity is a person-to-person and person-to-machine communication in networked organisations and societies.

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BlackBerry Spark” would enable organisations to comply with stringent multi-national regulatory requirements Flickr

 

“BlackBerry Spark” would enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to make complex machineries, help enterprises to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and manage smart “things” and allow people to use and trust any hyperconnected “thing” by making military-grade security easy and intuitive to use.

“By combining hyperconnectivity with ultra-security and privacy, ‘BlackBerry Spark’ is the indispensable component of a paradigm shift to ‘things-first’ which holds even greater potential to reshape society,” John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry, said in a statement.

The platform would facilitate consumer-friendly interfaces to complex processes and AI, such as voice-activated speakers with privacy protection.

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The EoT platform would be available by the end of 2018. IANS

“The ultimate outcome of this inevitable convergence of ubiquitous mobility and computing power will likely turn on the cybersecurity decisions we make collectively over the next few years,” Chen added.

Also Read: BlackBerry Launches 2 New Smartphones

“BlackBerry Spark” would also enable organisations to comply with stringent multi-national regulatory requirements and would be compatible with both iOS and Android. (IANS)