The apocalypse of dooms day is approaching us, says the renowned UK based physicist, Stephen Hawking. According to him, the world is no more a sustainable place to live for the humans. One of the prime reasons for the same is the Artificial Intelligence (AI). He used the word, a point of “no return” for human species as extraordinary advancement of science and technology will ensure the fall of the humans. The machines, he says, will be dominating the human beings and the perils of technological advancement will be a beast of burden for us.
“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,” he said.
Does that mean, there is no savior for humans? Hawking said the only way out is migrating to a different planet, which he believes is possible. Thus, he advocated the scientific community to focus on space programs so that one day human beings can colonize a different planet for habitation.
Hawking’s views are not restricted to physics alone. He has the ability of drawing a holistic picture, being increasingly proved, that different field of studies converge to provide broader of outlook of looking into an aspect. Hawking has mastered this facet of assays that provide better understanding to any field of study. With this mastery in his armory, Hawking advocated that rapid rise of global population is self destructive for us. AI is surely another potential detonator of the time bomb that is ticking. He said: “The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge. We cannot predict what we might achieve, when our own minds are amplified by AI. Perhaps with the tools of this new technological revolution, we will be able to undo some of the damage done to the natural world by the last one – industrialization”.
Talking on serious note, Hawking’s warnings are alarming. If the doom’s day is near us, it will be the convergence of ancient philosophies and religious scriptures on one hand and science on the other.