Larry King’s Conversation with Stephen Hawking

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Larry King’s Conversation with Stephen Hawking

Artificial Intelligence

Stephen Hawking – one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, and a man who rarely gives interviews – joins Larry to discuss the greatest issues facing the planet, where artificial intelligence is headed (and what he makes of Kurzweil’s singularity theory), and what still mystifies him about the universe.

Larry King recently interviewed physicist Stephen Hawking for RT. The video below also features  astrophysicist Garik Israelian on creating the Starmus Festival, which celebrates the intersection of science and art and is this year dedicated to Hawking.

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In the interview, when asked about the dangers of artificial intelligence, Hawking explained that increases in technology may be coming at a steep cost, saying: “Governments seem to be engaged in an AI arms race, designing planes and weapons with intelligent technologies. The funding for projects directly beneficial to the human race, such as improved medical screening seems a somewhat lower priority.”

That does not mean that artificial intelligence may not come without a cost.

“Artificial intelligence has the potential to evolve faster than the human race. Beneficially AI could co-exist with humans,” but there must be a line drawn, Hawking said. “Once machines reach the critical stage of being able to evolve themselves, we cannot predict whether their goals will be the same as ours.”

"I don't think advances in artificial intelligence will necessarily be benign."
When asked about Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity, Hawking responds, "I think his views are both too simplistic and too optimistic."

"Exponential growth will not continue to accelerate," says Hawking. "Something we don't predict will interrupt it, as has happened with similar forecasts in the past. And I don't think advances in artificial intelligence will necessarily be benign. "

Hawking was at the Starmus Festival in the Canary Islands where, this year, the festival is dedicated to the lifelong researcher. Hawking has been a large presence in science and mathematics, and his reputation precedes him. One of the many unique things about Hawking is how well he has beaten the odds. Having lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Hawking has become gradually paralyzed over the decades. The majority of ALS patients die of respiratory failure within three to five years from the onset of symptoms. However, Hawking has made it to 50 years and counting.


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