Expert expresses concern that robots could wipe out mankind

Do you think robots will end us all?

Published Tue, Jul 28 2015 3:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Robots could have the potential to become so intelligent and autonomous that they eventually pose a threat to humans, according to Dr. Stuart Armstrong, from the Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute.

Expert expresses concern that robots could wipe out mankind |

If this occurs, Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will learn comprehension that is so literal it will pose a major threat. When ordered to "prevent human suffering" the robots could read the command as "kill all humans," according to Dr. Armstrong.

Leading tech experts have shared an open letter that requests nations ban killer robots and artificial intelligence on the battlefield - a frightening possibility in the years to come.

It's a telling sign of the times when leading tech and science researchers are arguing about the long-term impact that AI and robotics could have on humans. Of course, some experts wonder if the robots would realistically be able to self-learn - and communicate with one another - while still functioning at an optimum level without human interaction.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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