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Rise of the Machines? Cambridge Plans to Study Whether Tech Will Destroy Civilization

Liz Dwyer

It might be time to get a little "Terminator"-style paranoid because the Cambridge Project for Existential Risk--a cofounder of Skype is a member-- is worried that artificial intelligence "may soon pose new, extinction-level risks to our species as a whole." As in, "escaping the constraints of biology" and directing "resources towards their own goal at the expense of human desires." Gulp.

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    • Liz Dwyer

      Horrifying? Yes. Exciting? The jury is still out on this. We need a fail safe shutoff for all this--a battery pull that can happen with the flick of a switch.