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Stephen Hawking’s final Reddit comments issue a terrifying warning about AI

When one of the best minds in the world tells you to beware of artificial intelligence, it’s time to beware of artificial intelligence.

And that’s exactly what Stephen Hawking did during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit in 2016 in what is reported to be his last comments on the site before his death.

The famous physicist passed away on March 14 in his Cambridge home after living with motor neurone disease since his early twenties.

Many are now reflecting on Professor Hawking’s most famous quotes, including his biggest regrets, and uncovered the Reddit posts in the process.

Hawking’s 2016 AM, which is now going viral after following a recent a thread on the r/science board, mostly revolved around his groundbreaking work in black holes and relativity.

But many users threw him questions relating to artificial intelligence, and Hawking was keen to respond to as many as he could.

Some of his answers were a little too War of the Worlds for us to sleep soundly tonight.

“[AI] is likely to be either the best or worst thing to ever happen to humanity.”

“[The intelligence of AI] could exceed ours by more than ours exceeds that of snails.”

“Technology [is] driving ever-increasing inequality.”

“An extremely intelligent future AI will probably develop a drive to survive.”

You check out the AMA in full over on Reddit.

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