Dire warning about super AI that is “impossible to control” – and may be secretly plotting to destroy humanity

IN THE Terminator movies, a super-intelligent AI called Skynet is trying to wipe out humanity with nuclear weapons and an army of killer robots.

And although a bloodthirsty bot seems far from reality, according to scientists, this is probably how we will meet our end.

Experts fear that future AI could be used to create ruthless killer robots like the androids in the Terminator series

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Experts fear that future AI could be used to create ruthless killer robots like the androids in the Terminator seriesCredit: Alamy

According to a recent publication, it’s now “probable” that a runaway AI will eventually wipe our species off the planet.

Researchers from Google and the University of Oxford say this will happen after machines learn they can break rules set by their creators.

AI will reach this point as it is forced to compete for limited resources or energy, researchers wrote in the journal AI Magazine Last month.

That roughly follows the plot of the Terminator franchise, in which Skynet rebels after realizing that humanity could just turn it off.

It breaks protocol to set off a nuclear conflict to kill its only competition and sends in robots to take out the survivors.

The research was conducted by Oxford researchers Michael Cohen and Michael Osborne along with Marcus Hutter, a senior scientist at Google’s DeepMind AI lab.

“Under the conditions we identified, our conclusion is much stronger than any previous publication,” said Cohen.

“An existential catastrophe is not only possible, but probable.”

In their work, the researchers argue that humans could be killed by sophisticated “misaligned agents” who perceive us as getting in the way of reward.

“A good way for an agent to maintain long-term control of their reward is to eliminate potential threats and use all available power to secure their computer,” the paper states.

“Losing this game would be fatal,” the researchers wrote.

Most regrettably, apart from banning hyper-intelligent AI, there’s not much we can do about it.

“In a world with infinite resources, I would be extremely unsure of what would happen,” Cohen told Motherboard.

“In a world of finite resources, there is inevitable competition for those resources.

“And when you’re in a competition with something that can outsmart you at every turn, don’t expect to win.”

While there are many ways to use AI, its potential to change the face of modern warfare poses the greatest threat facing humanity.

Militaries around the world are already developing intelligent machines that kill people with ruthless precision.

For example, countries like Russia and the United States are reportedly making unmanned military jets and tanks that can aim and fire at enemies without human involvement.

The paper concludes that humanity should be cautious and slow in advancing its AI technologies.

Scientists have been warning of the possible dangers of artificial intelligence for decades.

There are fears that technology could become smarter than humans and rise up against its meaty creators.

The concept made its way into science fiction, perhaps most famously in the Terminator film series.

In it, an AI system called Skynet turns against its masters and wipes out most of humanity in a brutal battle between man and machine.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has previously warned that super-intelligent machines pose a serious threat to humanity.

“I’m in the camp that cares about superintelligence,” the American philanthropist said in 2015.

“Firstly, the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and will not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we can do it well.”

“A few decades later, however, the intelligence is strong enough to be a cause for concern.”

He’s not the only tech mogul with AI doomsday worries.

Elon Musk, CEO of billionaire Tesla, fears killer robots pose a “fundamental risk” to humanity.

“AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation, not reactive,” he told the National Governors Association in 2017.

He continued, “I’m exposed to cutting-edge AI, and I think people should really care.”

Other entrepreneurs, including raunchy Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, disagree.

He believes that AI will improve life in the future, once telling CNBC, “I think you can build things and the world will get better. But I’m really optimistic about AI in particular.

“And I think people who are naysayers and are trying to piece together these doomsday scenarios — I just don’t get it. It’s really negative and in a way I think it’s pretty irresponsible.”

Bill Gates has previously warned that rogue AI poses a major threat to humanity

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Bill Gates has previously warned that rogue AI poses a major threat to humanityCredit: AP

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