Whether it’s in the not-so-distant future like “The Terminator” or the distant past like “Battlestar Galactica,” science fiction has always portrayed one common theme. When artificial intelligence takes over from the human race, our computers and robots turn on us and attempt to wipe out the human race. According to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, we need not fear that fate.
“Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” Mr Wozniak said.
In his view of the future, that won’t come for hundreds of years. His vision still isn’t quite as bright as in “Star Trek” where even though Data knows he is superior, he is willing to work alongside humans and even try to become more like them. He has the human race becoming pets to entertain and do menial tasks much the same as we do now with our pets.
“They’re going to be smarter than us and if they’re smarter than us they’ll realize they need us,” Mr. Wozniak said in an interview.
He does admit there is a chance that we could have a gruesome fate from the science world but it would be by man’s own hand, creating “The Internet of Things.” As Mr. Wozniak puts it, the main intelligence could just send out a message to the other computers to make that happen. In that scenario, we could be facing a future like the Borg from “Star Trek” where you have one central intelligence to which all other physical beings are connected.
“Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people. If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently,” Mr Wozniak said.
This article is reposted with the author’s permission from examiner.com.