(New York Post) A former executive at Google said that artificial intelligence-powered machines could one day view humans as “scum” and could create “killing machines” similar to the ones depicted in a sci-fi movie starring Will Smith.
Mo Gawdat, who held the position of chief business officer for Google’s clandestine research-and-development arm X, said that he is fearful of a future scenario in which AI decides it needs to destroy the human race, though that day is still “a bit far away.”
Gawdat said that the future could look like something from “I, Robot,” the 2004 film in which Smith battles a machine army that hatches a conspiracy to enslave the human race.
AI could create these terminators because it will be able to “generate its own computer power and do installations itself through robotic arms.”
“It does have the agency to create killing machines because humans are creating them so AI might use it to dictate an agenda like the movie ‘I, Robot’,” Gawdat told the Secret Leaders podcast.
Mo Gawdat, a former executive at Google, warns that AI could one day develop “killer machines” and that it could come to view humans as “scum.”Getty Images for BoF
Gawdat said AI could form a low opinion of humanity because the technology scours social media.
“The question would be probabilities — how likely is AI to think of us as scum today?” Gawdat asked before answering: “Very high.”
“We’re fake on social media, we’re rude, we’re angry, or we’re lying on social media,” he added.
Gawdat also insisted it is too late for humans to undo the advancements in AI because tech companies are too invested in it financially to turn back.
“Very prominent scientists and business leaders are saying, ‘Let’s halt the development of AI,’” he said