Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS unless they are taught the value of human life, engineer claims

  • The warning was made by Amsterdam-based engineer, Nell Watson
  • Speaking at a conference in Sweden, she said robots could decide that the greatest compassion to humans as a race is to get rid of everyone
  • Ms Watson said computer chips could soon have the same level of brain power as a bumblebee – allowing them to analyse social situations 
  • ‘Machines are going to be aware of the environments around them and, to a small extent, they’re going to be aware of themselves,’ she said
  • Her comments follow tweets by Tesla-founder, Elon Musk, earlier this month who said AI could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons

By Ellie Zolfagharifard

Future generations could be exterminated by Terminator-style robots unless machines are taught the value of human life.

This is the stark warning made by Amsterdam-based engineer Nell Watson, who believes droids could kill humans out of both malice and kindness.

Teaching machines to be kind is not enough, she says, as robots could decide that the greatest compassion to humans as a race is to get rid of everyone to end suffering.

‘The most important work of our lifetime is to ensure that machines are capable of understanding human value,’ she said at the recent ‘Conference by Media Evolution’ in Sweden.

‘It is those values that will ensure machines don’t end up killing us out of kindness.’

Ms Watson claims computer chips could soon have the same level of brain power as a bumblebee – allowing them to analyse social situations and their environment.

‘Machines are going to be aware of the environments around them and, to a small extent, they’re going to be aware of themselves,’ said Ms Watson, who is also the chief executive of body scanning firm Poikos.

‘We’re starting to understand the secrets of the human brain,’ she points out, while at the same time we’re getting better at programming computers with deep learning.

‘It’s going to create a huge change in our society all around the world’.

For instance, Google is already working on self-driving cars that can automatically sense traffic and adjust their speed and direction.

Future generations could be exterminated by Terminator-style robots (pictured) unless machines are taught the value of human life, Ms Watson said

Future generations could be exterminated by Terminator-style robots (pictured) unless machines are taught the value of human life, Ms Watson said

GOOGLE SETS UP AI ETHICS BOARD TO CURB THE RISE OF THE ROBOTS

Google has set up an ethics board to oversee its work in artificial intelligence.

The search giant has recently bought several robotics companies, along with Deep Mind, a British firm creating software that tries to help computers think like humans.

One of its founders warned artificial intelligence is ‘number 1 risk for this century,’ and believes it could play a part in human extinction

‘Eventually, I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play a part in this,’ DeepMind’s Shane Legg said in a recent interview.

Among all forms of technology that could wipe out the human species, he singled out artificial intelligence, or AI, as the ‘number 1 risk for this century.’

The ethics board, revealed by web site The Information, is to ensure the projects are not abused.

Neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, 37, founded DeepMind two years ago with the aim of trying to help computers think like humans.

Meanwhile, Japan is leading the way in creating home-help robots for the elderly and injured.

While Ms Watson warning seems grim, she believes a robot uprising isn’t necessarily a negative event. ‘Machines can help us understand ourselves and gather self-knowledge,’ she said.

‘I can’t help but look at these trends and imagine how then we shall live? When we start to see super-intelligent artificial intelligence are they going to be friendly or unfriendly?’

The warning echoes similar comments earlier this month by Tesla-founder, Elon Musk who said artificial intelligence could someday be more harmful than nuclear weapons.

Musk referred to the book ‘Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies’, a work by Nick Bostrom that asks major questions about how humanity will cope with super-intelligent computers.

Mr Bostrom has also argued that the world is fake and we are living in a computer simulation.

In a later comment, Musk wrote: ‘Hope we’re not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable.’

The 42-year-old is so worried, he is now investing in AI companies, not to make money, but to keep an eye on the technology in case it gets out of hand.

In March, Musk made an investment San Francisco-based AI group Vicarious, along with Mark Zuckerberg and actor Ashton Kutcher.

Vicarious is currently attempting to build a program that mimics the brain’s neocortex.

The neocortex is the top layer of the cerebral hemispheres in the brain of mammals. It is around 3mm thick and has six layers, each involved with various functions.

These include sensory perception, spatial reasoning, conscious thought, and language in humans.

According to the company’s website: ‘Vicarious is developing machine learning software based on the computational principles of the human brain.

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