Professor Stephen Hawking has taken to the social network site Reddit in order to take part in one of their famed Ask Me Anything (AMA) series. The topic is centered around “making the future of technology more human”.
I signed an open letter earlier this year imploring researchers to balance the benefits of AI with the risks. The letter acknowledges that AI might one day help eradicate disease and poverty, but it also puts the onus on scientists at the forefront of this technology to keep the human factor front and center of their innovations. I’m part of a campaign enabled by Nokia and hope you will join the conversation on http://www.wired.com/maketechhuman. Learn more about my foundation here: http://stephenhawkingfoundation.org/
Due to the fact that I will be answering questions at my own pace, working with the moderators of /r/Science we are opening this thread up in advance to gather your questions.
My goal will be to answer as many of the questions on you submit as possible over the coming weeks. I appreciate all of your understanding, and taking the time to ask me your questions.
Unlike regular AMA’s on Reddit the question process will be slightly different. Those looking to ask something are advised to get your question(s) in as early as possible for Professor Hawking. And be sure you read the moderator notes.
Stephen Hawking is an British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author of many books along with being a prolific filmmaker and is considered my many to be one of the most authoritative figures when it comes to science and he holds the belief that superintelligent artificial intelligence could be pivotal in steering humanity’s fate, stating that “the potential benefits are huge… Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. It might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.”