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Artificial anxiety

An article in Tech Times weighed the perceived threat to humankind from artificial intelligence as technology continues to progress toward becoming smarter. Examining movie plots like Terminator, in which a weaponized super computer tries to wipe out the human race, the article asked whether humans should be worried about AI-particular a variety created for warfare.

Frederick Maier, associate director of UGA’s Institute for Artificial Intelligence, said these kind of movies may be focused on the wrong threat.

“An uncontrollable super AI wiping out humanity just doesn’t sound that plausible to me,” Maier wrote in an email to Tech Times. “The real threat posed by AI is that it will be used by human beings in harmful or unjust ways (in war, or to oppress or to marginalize).”