|Rise of the machines|
|Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:30|
Machines are becoming so intelligent that they could pose an existential threat, argues Skype founder Jaan Tallinn, Sidney Morning Herald reports.
Tallinn says human-driven technological progress has largely replaced evolution as the dominant force shaping our future as machines are becoming smarter than we are, so if we are not careful this could lead to a “sudden global ecological catastrophe”.
Computers to be better than us at classic games like chess, better drivers (Google’s driverless car being just one example), better at voice and face recognition and, as IBM’s Watson computer proved, even better at the game Jeopardy!.
The U.S. military is experimenting with robot fighter pilots, while the majority of trading on the stock market is done by computers with algorithmic trading.