Artificial superintelligence is able to destroy humanity "accidentally"
By the middle of the 21st century, humanity will be able to create a truly powerful artificial intelligence that will destroy our civilization if something goes wrong in its work. According to the Washington Post, such a threat is considered real by Emil Torres, a philosopher and expert in assessing the likelihood of global catastrophes. Torres is sure that by 2050 the so-called artificial superintelligence will appear in the world – a machine whose capabilities will exceed those of a person.
The expert believes that a global catastrophe caused by AI can occur if people trust the machine with too complex and abstract tasks. For example, they will instruct AI to “arrange peace in the world”, as a result of which the computer will simply destroy all people (no people – no one to fight each other).
It’s unclear humanity will ever be prepared for superintelligence, but we’re certainly not ready now. With all our global instability and still-nascent grasp on tech, adding in ASI would be lighting a match next to a fireworks factory. Research on artificial intelligence must slow down, or even pause. And if researchers won’t make this decision, governments should make it for them.