‘Doomsday’ is becoming Terminator? “A nuclear war-class disaster in this century”

UK media say autonomous AI weapons could cause crisis
“Even people who created a scenario where AI turns away”

Will the ‘Doomsday’ caused by the Skynet artificial intelligence (AI) in the Terminator series happen in the real world? Some experts have warned that the dangers of AI should not be judged as nonsense stories in movies. AI that refuses to command could put humanity in serious crisis.

On the 2nd (local time), the British Daily The Times, a research team from New York University surveyed 327 scientists who recently published AI-related research, and 36% of respondents said, “A decision made by AI or machine learning systems in total nuclear war in this century. It could cause a serious disaster.”

‘Judgment Day’ is depicted in the film Terminator.

The inquiry did not detail how AI could cause a war-level nuclear disaster, but The Times said AI combined with autonomous weapons systems could create a crisis. He was referring to a situation where AI orders weapons to be fired, like in a science fiction movie. In the movie Terminator, the US military defense software Skynet detonates a nuclear weapon in Russia and causes a nuclear war on Earth.

New York University researcher Julian Michael, who led the study, said: “It’s possible that some of the respondents thought of a ‘deprived AI’ scenario where a rogue computer malfunctions. There were people who thought about it,” he explained.

The survey was conducted among scientists in the field of natural language processing (AI technology that uses machine learning to enable computers to process and interpret text and data). “This survey was conducted to shed light on what experts think about this controversial aspect of AI work,” The Times reported.

In addition, 73% of respondents said that AI could cause social change on the scale of the Industrial Revolution, and 61% were concerned that AI had too much influence in the corporate realm. In addition, 59% of respondents said that “ethical considerations in the field of AI could conflict with scientific developments”, and 57% said that AI has already reached the level of human intelligence, indicating that it has reached an important stage of technological development. .

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Meanwhile, Stuart Miller, CEO of the National Robotarium, a joint research institute between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, stressed that there is no need to worry about AI technology. “Eventually, there will be more robots in everyone’s life,” he told Sky News.

By Lee Byung-hoon, staff reporter [email protected]

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