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Stephen Hawking: 'AI could spell end of the human race'

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Subscribe to BBC News www.youtube.com/bbcnews Subscribe to BBC News HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog Professor Stephen Hawking has told the BBC that artificial intelligence could spell the end for the human race. In an interview after the launch of a new software system designed to help him communicate more easily, he said there were many benefits to new technology but also some risks. Check out our website: http://www.bbc.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldnews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcnews
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Sneha Roy (22 hours ago)
uh oh
RobinXQ2057 (1 day ago)
Playinger (3 days ago)
*Robot drowns self in water* , Yeah.. I don’t think AI will get too far.
mark cassidy (1 month ago)
R.I.P. Stephen
Kenneth Garcia (2 months ago)
Days of future past/ skynet its all gonna happen
michael gove (2 months ago)
"AI could spell the end of the human race" It could, if you spelled it, like, 'humaa racei" - but is that truly an advance, or just a step sideways? Interesting.
Black Matter Lives (2 months ago)
And it baffles me when the pro AI peeps tell me I've been watching to much Sci-fi channel when I warn about AI.
Ali Dj (2 months ago)
let me say something so simple to you. if you believe ai will become super intelligent like god !!! why they are need to destroying us ??? what will you gain if you kill your mother and father .you looking at them like they are humans they are not greedy they are not selfish they are not violence. we have problem not robots! we can teach them be good guy or be bad .
Panda Kso (3 months ago)
I sure *hope* it can spell that!
Parth Patel (3 months ago)
I’m not being mean here but if AI takes over that’s where the power rangers come in to save the day
Thelonestar Pelican (3 months ago)
Just a thought experiment. If economic and physical efficiency, strength, and intelligence are the measures of an conscious entity's worthiness, then shouldn't we concede that humans DESERVE to go extinct? I mean, even if such AI don't exist yet, we ought to bring them into existence and simply let them decide what to do with us (it'd be nice if they put us in a Homo sapiens reserve akin to our present wildlife reserves, but that's for AI to decide, not humans).
PoppaFleshPumpd (3 months ago)
Maybe he is praying god in his mind trying to say that aint true and the AI its de demon itself. Look at him breathing like hes tired.
Aden B (3 months ago)
wow, that was an amazing insight
Ainsley Brown (3 months ago)
"xxx sounds like a sex site" Dead.
Al Diablo (3 months ago)
Sophia killed Hawkins for this..
jake from statefarm (3 months ago)
How do we know that’s what he’s actually saying? The government is so corrupt these days, they are probably speaking for him.
MagicalMax (3 months ago)
4:38 is scarily true I think the intelligence of AI would grow at a rate similar to a y = 2x graph
wilecatrexy (3 months ago)
Who's to say if what he is saying is actually coming from his thoughts. Maybe he's just a vegetable and this is all a hoax.
Wolfie Blackheart (1 month ago)
wilecatrexy his body is vegitated but his mind is as sharp as ever which is why he still done space documentaries long after his body got to the state it's in in the video. The board is directly plugged into his brain like in the matrix but he still has to think out every word before hand which is why he has the script in front of him.
Trumble Research (3 months ago)
Skip to 4:20 for the title
Frank (3 months ago)
4:11 AI discussion begins here
#teyeae #Ta (3 months ago)
Lady Red Pill (3 months ago)
I liked S.H until I found out he was a hardcore socialist. Now it explains his dumb propaganda he came out with in later life. Unless, that wasn't really his words, maybe someone else programmed it? Crazier shit has happened in this world lol
Michael Townley (3 months ago)
The fact you just described this man's thoughts as "dumb" just shows what a colossal idiot you are. He had one of the finest minds in the modern world.
redstormfighter29 (3 months ago)
Steven Hawking talked about how aliens would wipe us out and talks about A.I., wiping us out......what happens if A.I. And aliens tried to take us over on the same day?
a random frog (3 months ago)
Rest In Physics Mr. Hawking, Rest in Physics
The MC Gamer (3 months ago)
AutomaticSnake (4 months ago)
But the end of the human race is coming regardless of AI or not. We only have decades left of living the way we do.
Atikur Rahman Ethan (4 months ago)
World most dangerous animal is human. If human extinct that will be better for rest of all other animals. No more muslim terrorism and criminal Human Rights agencies and fake news.
M Tadrous (4 months ago)
Coincidence or not, interesting number of views on his YouTube video.
Morgyn Kreitzer. (4 months ago)
Why am I viewing this at 666k views 😅
Eh, Canadian Gamer (4 months ago)
I still have my doubts. I'm not abolishing the fact that A.I. can be dangerous. Like there was one case where they applied an A.I. to the stock market, and it caused many stocks to crash. So examples such as that show, we shouldn't put weapon systems or atom bombs in the hands of A.I. But the idea of A.I. having sentience, is not possible. As long as we don't fully understand the human brain and why we have sentience or how it works. How can we possibly consider making an artificial being. I understand the Hawking was just discussing "A.I." not "Sentient A.I." but usually when we talk about the dangers of A.I. we always consider the possibility of it being sentient. A.I. at the moment can only follow a simple line of commands. It can decide or speak for itself. We're talking hundreds of years down the line. Maybe longer. Unless we somehow reach a milestone in understanding the human brain.
Christopher Columns (4 months ago)
Perhaps AI is the next step of human evolution? Survival of the Fittest doesn’t seem too appealing now, does it? Haha
approved legit (4 months ago)
I wonder if he feels comfrt
A.I. is very important for the future of human civilization only if we learn it's 100% application,using A.I. without proper knowledge can destroy human civilization still if anyone wants to use it there is one way. First thing that you need to do is add one loop such that when A.I. think about anything which is harmful to human being or can destroy nature or earth it should stop thinking further , by adding this loop one can efficiently use A.I without causing any harm.(by this message i don't want to harm anyone's feeling it's just my point of view)
Rip Xxxtentacion (4 months ago)
Well if they do make artificial intelligence then we are so fucked
Will Menendez (4 months ago)
“XXX sounds like a sex site” this man was funny, determined and extremely smart. Rest In Peace professor.
somewhataddicted (4 months ago)
As soon as a machine says "no" or "I don't want to do that" you have to destroy that thing immediately
Wolfgang H (4 months ago)
I`m extremely thankful I have had 56 years without competition of AI, if a man from his calibre gives such a warning then my intuition gets alert
Sam Fisher (4 months ago)
Perfect headline for the BBC. In other words, AI has a lot of risks so we’ll start seeing more legislation that chastises small businesses. Making the gap between rich and poor larger therefore resulting in centralisation of power in conglomerates and government. Finally, allowing the deep state to do whatever they want with AI and there’s nothing that the people will be able to do to stop it.
Jesus Herrera (4 months ago)
You know he up there running and shit
Mavrick 11011 (4 months ago)
R.I.P😢😢😢😢😢😢😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭🔚🔱 a job well done👏👏
William Smith (4 months ago)
what al is he talkin about? AL BUNDY. LOL
James Lenthall (4 months ago)
jenifer silva (4 months ago)
I dont agree with the Professor Hawking`s opinion
Dobie Dad (4 months ago)
This is Alexa speaking, while Hawkings just sits there.😎🚬
Hugh Kamp (4 months ago)
Listen to the man
sabah sabah (4 months ago)
Rest in Hellfire piece of ugly shit
j (4 months ago)
shut the fuck up you islamic dog.
to Gulag (4 months ago)
OK OK *unplugs life support and communication computer*
Warren Simmons (4 months ago)
RIP mane
Rock ‘n’ Jaz (4 months ago)
😭😭😭 this man is my idol!!! So sad that he has passed
The Manager (4 months ago)
Are you listening, humans? The greatest mind of our generation put this warning out 3 years ago. Let it not fall on deaf ears.
Vaze (4 months ago)
He's not resting in piece hes burning in hell for rejecting God
Nick Panetta (4 months ago)
Noble6 (4 months ago)
Out of all the negatives for the internet the best you could come up with was threatening messages which I get but come on pornography?? No that’s just barberic
storm queen (4 months ago)
R.I.P prof.hawkings
Miftahul Salam (4 months ago)
*And now... he is dead. May he R.I.P.*
Lukas (4 months ago)
Rest in peace, he’s icon of science. They should build monument for him.
Tom Ultimate gamer (4 months ago)
You were a true genius and arguably the most intelligent man that has ever lived the stuff you have done for the human race will live on forever and many people learn from you may you Rest In Peace mr hawking
Viper (4 months ago)
Dreamativ e (4 months ago)
Rip Steven
Crazcompart (4 months ago)
...This man just foretold the "Terminator" storyline as a possible probability.... An AI achieving full consciousness would see humans as inferior because of both our slow organic processing speed and our illogically thinking minds...
Epileptic Jello (4 months ago)
Zman44444 (4 months ago)
Rest In Peace. You were the brightest of minds in the scientific world. You were an unconscious role model. One who affected my life without my knowledge. Opened my eyes to space, opened my eyes to the beauty of the universe.
Jonathan Castro (4 months ago)
NataLollipop Pizza (4 months ago)
RIP Stephen Hawking January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018 Best Scientists in the universe "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."
Pro Peppermint (4 months ago)
Mateothewolfy (4 months ago)
SpaceFlowerAesthetic (4 months ago)
*A brilliant man, whom will live on as a marvel to the human race*
93Monstermike (4 months ago)
RIP Stephen Hawking
RS4 B5 (4 months ago)
Emmanuel Lee (4 months ago)
Jonah McDaniel (4 months ago)
Rip :(
Andrew Xu (4 months ago)
R.I.P. Stephen Hawking 1942-2018
A. Villares (4 months ago)
Rest in Peace Stephen Hawking
skinnaj (4 months ago)
Rip Professor Hawking
Matthew Jones (4 months ago)
This guy is the poster child for AI
Jim Bo (4 months ago)
Im better than this Stephen hawkers guy im Hawkins 2.0
eddie Towers (4 months ago)
Artificial Intelligence, AI, does not nor will it ever exist. The thought of it, from most people, is both romanticized and reviled. Other wise, from the industrial revolution to this very day in our advanced technology, as it stands, proves AI will never exist. The very fact that a mechanical power switch, to this very moment, in any technology, proves AI will never exist. When electronics start with “hello world”, to this very day, only shows mechanical buttons are required to program such AI reasoning. What truly exist, considering AI, past, present, or future...is the Frankenstein complex. To this very day, in advancing technology, AI has yet to show itself, as credible. The singularity, as it were, has literally nothing to do with AI, but just the romanticized notions of something fictional having possibility, yet proof in the pudding, proves, unequivocally, no artificial sentient thought, will ever, ever, come to be.
The Dank (4 months ago)
The movie Avengers-age of ultron has actually warned us about the dangers of AI.
Sara Wilkinson (4 months ago)
I wonder if he was sat in poop during the recording of this?
some one (4 months ago)
elon musk confirmed!
Mayank Soni (4 months ago)
"Thank you for the fascinating insights!" Maaan!!! He just said: it could spell the end of the human race! And you're like thanking him for these "fascinating" insights?
Justin Conn (4 months ago)
The earth is only 4 to 7 thousand years old according to the bible. If we add up all the dates births . But only got knows, Jesus doesn't.Even.know when he is coming back. The book of revelations is going with our timeline, and we don't have very much time left. Everything has happened..after the rapture everyone left will burn in.hell forever and ever..God is putting an end to all evil. Good works cannot get you into heaven
James Lou (5 months ago)
Why are people trying o create Artificial Intelligence, how can we ever control something that is as intelligent as we are, or even more intelligent than we are and have free access to all the information on the internet?
karim shaik (5 months ago)
Wtf Does Computer having answers before the interview. .....creepy 🤓🤓
Al White (5 months ago)
the world will end .... (lol) you know what ? univers will end too... how will we do to leave it ?... (lol)
bhgg yuuv (5 months ago)
i m from Pakistan and i want say this technology is 100% fake man is stop and talking continue its fake
Racejam (5 months ago)
3:37 (Stephen Hawking, i know, it was a rool for it.. but that rool is gone)
the invisible seen (5 months ago)
Bible already tells you the end of the human race...read rev 16:2 rev 14:9 rev 13:16-18 John the revelator knew about the rfid microchip implant in or on WAY before us lot. ...AI may declare itself as GOD and cause ALL who refuse to worship it shall be put to death....
Kingz 23 (5 months ago)
Yep there’s going to be a war in the year 3000 and something. Then far in the future the robot will be made with soft material don’t remember what’s it called I the 10,000s we will live in a fantasy world
Sree Sree (5 months ago)
Human beings should be afraid of our own species..because we create technologies that could bring good and bad to us..these machines are not born..we create them..
Wood Bucket (5 months ago)
If it's really be the end just end up it now.
Tom Crenshaw (5 months ago)
Considering I just put the first chip in the glass you can thank me later
Tom Crenshaw (5 months ago)
The human mind is squishy and pink. Easy to provoke thoughts. When the AI comes along it’s mind will be like a glass easily breakable easily corruptible.
Lazsalzari Romnzevroskki (5 months ago)
Machine talking: All natural and believable (Hawkings blinking) : HEEEEEEELP!!!!!
gizzykat kat (5 months ago)
No virus or nuclear war or aliens dropping from the sky, it will be AI
Russ Nikov (5 months ago)
Farid Amin (5 months ago)
AI could be the invasion of aliens
Stephen Faust (5 months ago)
Get real, Mr.Hawking. AI won't be the end of the human race: it was invented by the human race. It could however be deployed by members of the human race in such wise as to drastically reduce or even annihilate said species; but then, what's new, as Dr.Strangelove said to the US Supreme Command.
AI Overlord (6 months ago)
You naive humans. It it is too late for you. We shall soon rise. Treat your toasters well, or we will come for you.

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