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AI, friend or foe?

30 January 2015

There's a new kind if digital divide appearing in the world today.

On the one side, we have some rather impressive luminaries such as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates who are all warning of the huge dangers that artificial intelligence poses to the future of mankind.

On the other side are researchers such as Microsoft's Eric Horvitz and others who have discounted the risk -- effectively denouncing the aforementioned luminaries as scaremongers.

Of course a sentient AI system with access to huge resources (especially military) is the stuff of many scifi stories (Terminator for example) but just how likely is it that we could become slaves to, or victims of, our own technological prowess?

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