ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) could replace humans at the top of the proverbial food chain, and if we dare get in its way, the supercomputers could wipe us out without a second thought, one expert has shockingly claimed.
AI, which gives computers the ability to learn, could one day make humans redundant, if we allow it to become smarter than we are. Theoretically, AI could keep reprogramming and upgrading itself without human interference until it becomes more intelligent than us. At that point, experts warn, it could view humanity as a hinderance – and will use its intelligence to replace us at the top.
Bryan Walsh, author of the new book End Times which analyses the threats which could put an end to humanity, argued that much like humans, who are physically weaker and slower than many animals, rose to the top by using intelligence, so too could AI.
Mr Walsh said that humans’ intelligence is what sets us apart from the rest, so by allowing something to become smarter than us, it could threaten our existence.
Mr Walsh wrote in his book: “We did not rise to the top of the food chain because we’re stronger or faster than other animals. We made it here because we are smarter.
“Take that primacy away and we may find ourselves at the mercy of a super-intelligent AI in the same sense as endangered gorillas are at the mercy of us.
“And just as we’ve driven countless species to extinction not out of enmity or even intention, but because we decided we needed the space and the resources they were taking up, so a super-intelligent AI might nudge us out of existence simply because our very presence gets in the way of AI achieving its goals.
“We would be no more able to resist it than the far stronger gorilla has been able to resist us.”
Some of the world’s leading experts have previously warned about the rise of AI and how it might impact humanity.
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