Professor Stephen Hawking wrote in his last book Brief Answers to the Big Questions which was published six months after his death, about a new race of superhumans that will take over our race. The professor passed away on March this year but he left behind his personal perception about the top 10 most received questions.
He talks in his book about the risk of artificial intelligence that will evolve with the help of science and technology.
“I am sure that during this century, people will discover how to modify both intelligence and instincts such as aggression… Laws will probably be passed against genetic engineering with humans. But some people won’t be able to resist the temptation to improve human characteristics, such as memory, resistance to disease and length of life. Once such superhumans appear there will be significant political problems with unimproved humans, who won’t be able to compete… Presumably, they will die out, or become unimportant. Instead, there will be a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate. ”
Stephen Hawking touched topics from natural disasters such as climate change and lack of resources to computers taking over the population. His solution to this issue is to train the artificial minds to work in the benefit of humans.
“When that happens, we will need to ensure that the computers have goals aligned with ours.”
Bo has over six years experience as a teacher, advocate and speaker. He has a B.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Human rights from Harvard University Graduate School.