Canadian film director James Cameron has expressed his concern about the dangers of rapid expansion of artificial intelligence (AI), stressing that his 1984 sci-fi blockbuster ‘the Terminator‘ should have served as a warning. in an interview with CTV NewsThe renowned director shared his belief that the “weaponization” of AI could lead to disastrous consequences.
Asked about the possibility of humanity becoming extinct due to artificial intelligence, a fear shared by some industry leaders, Mr Cameron said he fully shared their concern. “I absolutely agree with their concern. I warned you guys in 1984 and you didn’t listen,” he said. told the outletreferring to his filmthe Terminator‘, which revolves around a cybernetic assassin created by an intelligent supercomputer called Skynet.
According to Mr Cameron, the greatest danger lies in the weaponisation of new technology. “I think we’ll be on par with the nuclear arms race with AI. And if we don’t build it, other people are surely going to build it, and then it will escalate.”
In Mr Cameron’s vision of AI on the battlefield, computers could work so fast that humans would be unable to intervene, eliminating the possibility of peace talks or ceasefires. Dealing with such technology requires a focus on de-escalation, but the director said he doubts AI systems will follow such principles.
Mr Cameron has expressed similar concerns before, acknowledging that while AI has its benefits, it can also have disastrous consequences and potentially lead to the end of the world. He also speculates that sentient computers are already manipulating the world “without our knowledge, with absolute control over all media and information”.
Leading experts in the field have also reiterated these warnings. Tech giants such as OpenAI and Google’s DeepMind, as well as academics, lawmakers and entrepreneurs have called for measures to reduce the risks associated with AI. They emphasize that addressing these concerns should be a global priority alongside addressing the risks of pandemics and nuclear war.
An open letter signed by more than 1,000 experts and executives, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, urges a six-month moratorium on training powerful AI systems until their positive effects can be assured and risks managed. Could not be done. These concerns stem from the belief that AI may pose profound risks to society and humanity at large.
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