Professor Stephen Hawking has issued a chilling warning about the imminent rise of artificial intelligence.
During a new interview, Professor Hawking warned that AI will soon reach a level where it will be a ‘new form of life that will outperform humans.’
Professor Hawking even went so far as to say that AI may replace humans altogether, although he didn’t specify a timeline for his predictions.
Professor Hawking made the chilling comments during a recent interview with Wired.
He said: ‘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.’
During the interview, Professor Hawking also urged more people to take an interest in science, claiming that there would be ‘serious consequences’ if this didn’t happen.
He added that a new space programme should be developed, ‘with a view to eventually colonising suitable planets for human habitation.’
He said: ‘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.’