Artificial intelligence is our future. However, the more advanced this technology becomes, the more people will be in danger of it.
While the rise of artificial intelligence can bring many benefits to the world, such as high degrees of quality assurance and increased efficiency, it can also carry many risks if it gets into the wrong hands.
A new report has warned that if terrorist organisations, corrupt governments, doomsday cults or “psychopaths trying to add their name to history books in any way possible” develop AI to cater to their motives, then it could spell disaster for humanity.
A report from Roman V. Yampolskiy of the University of Louisville and independent researcher Federico Pistono highlights the threat that AI could potentially pose to us.
They write in their paper published in Arxiv: “A malevolent superintelligence may attempt to abuse and torture humankind with perfect insight into our physiology to maximise amount of physical or emotional pain, perhaps combining it with a simulated model of us to make the process infinitely long.”
The report adds that the machines could commit “specicide” – which would see them intent on wiping out humans.
The duo state that this could be achieved if AI destroys power plants, hacks military computers to destroy us with our own nuclear weapons or take control of the world’s military drones.
The report continues: “If the goal were to exterminate humanity, one of the easiest paths would be to design an extremely deadly virus or bacteria, which can stay dormant and undetected until it reaches the entirety the world’s population, and is then activated wirelessly via nanobots simultaneously and ubiquitously, killing all humans in a matter of minutes or hours.”
Furthermore, if AI develops its successors to be even more powerful, they could one day harbour the weapons to wipe out “the planet, a significant portion of the Solar System or even the universe”.