Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, a lot of really smart people are sounding an alarm that we’re not hearing,” Clinton said in an interview promoting her
Artifical intelligence (AI) is the simulation of human intelligence processes — such as learning, reasoning, and self-correction — by machines. The technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, leading to innovations including
Contrary to Clinton’s claim, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates hasn’t actually said that “artificial intelligence is not our friend.”
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is perhaps the most apocalyptic voice when it comes to AI, asserting that the technology
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is ambiguous on AI, recently
Speaking to Hewitt, Clinton highlighted the potential negative consequences of integrating AI into society.
“You know, what are we going to do when we get driverless cars?” she continued. “It sounds like a great idea. And how many millions of people, truck drivers and parcel delivery people and cab drivers and even Uber drivers, what do we do with the millions of people who will no longer have a job? We are totally unprepared for that. What do we do when we are connected to the internet of things and everything we know and everything we say and everything we write is, you know, recorded somewhere? And it can be manipulated against us.”
Whatever happens, Hawking stressed, humans should be ready.
“Unless we learn how to prepare for, and avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization,” he told the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal earlier this month. “It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many. It could bring great disruption to our economy.”
In 2015 Musk and Hawking joined other tech pioneers and academics in signing
Clinton, who lost to Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election, noted that “one thing I wanted to do if I had been president was to have a kind of blue-ribbon commission with people from all kinds of expertise coming together to say what should America’s policy on artificial intelligence be?”