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Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could end human race


Professor Stephen Hawking using the new Intel eye direction sensor yesterday

Professor Stephen Hawking using the new Intel eye direction sensor yesterday


Professor Stephen Hawking using the new Intel eye direction sensor yesterday

Professor Stephen Hawking has said the rise of artificial intelligence could see the human race become extinct.

The scientist spoke after showing off a new communications system that will enable the famous scientist and author to converse and work better than ever.

Prof Hawking told the BBC: "The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful. But I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

He added that the technology would eventually become self-aware and "supersede" humanity as it developed faster than biological evolution.

Honda has already developed a robot, called ASIMO, that is designed to help the less-able with tasks around the home, and Google is also said to be experimenting with robotics.

Prof Hawking, who suffers from a form of motor neurone disease, was speaking at a Press conference, detailing the latest stage of a partnership with Intel that has now lasted more than 25 years, and the tech giant has created a new interface for Professor Hawking's monitor.

This, combined with his speech synthesiser, has doubled the scientist's speech rate and improved his productivity 10 times over, said the technology giant.

Professor Hawking said: "We are here to talk about how science and technology is improving the lives of people with disabilities.

"We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible through technology - without it I would not be able to speak to you today. Intel's research and development is bringing about changes in the world and in the way that disabled people can communicate.

"The Intel team and I have been working together for almost three years on upgrading my communication system.

"With the improvements made, I am now able to write much faster, and it means that I can continue to give lectures, write papers and books and, of course, speak with my family and friends more easily.

"This new system is life changing for me, and I hope it will serve me well for the next 20 years.

Intel also announced that the software it has created will be open source, and therefore available for developers and others to work on and improve themselves.

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