AI is likely to view humans as “scum” who need to be controlled – and could easily create its own “killing machines”, a tech guru has warned. Mo Gawdat, former chief business officer for Google’s research and development wing called X, fears a real-life dystopian future akin to that of Will Smith’s sci-fi movie I, Robot, in which artificial intelligence decides it needs to take over and cull people.
According to Daily Star, Though Gawdat believes such a showdown is still “a bit far away” he has warned humanity is set to give technology enough power to dictate its own agenda. Google X was founded to try to solve “humanity’s great problems” by inventing radical technology. Google X was founded to try to solve “humanity’s great problems” by inventing radical technology.
Gawdat, 55, told the Secret Leaders podcast: “Now that ChatGPT is upon us everyone is waking up and saying ‘panic panic, let’s do something about it’. “If you look at the way your mind is thinking you’re thinking about the applications, about AI completely wiping us out.
“In-between is where the issue is – between now and the time AI can generate its own computer power and do installations itself through robotic arms. “It does have the agency to create killing machines because humans are creating them so AI might use it to dictate an agenda like the movie I, Robot.
“But that is still a bit far away. “What is in the middle is the process of getting us there. “Humanity is going to decide to dedicate more power to those machines.” Gawdat said it made no sense to simply demonize AI because humanity would end up putting itself at risk.
“It is humanity which is the threat,” he said. “The question would be probabilities – how likely is AI to think of us as scum today? “Very high. “Because it is not intelligent enough to see beyond the obvious and because we are scum. “What we show in the real world is the worst of us. “We’re fake on social media, we’re rude, we’re angry, or we’re lying on social media.”