For several years now, some of the brightest minds on the planet have been warning us about the dangers of artificial intelligence, or AI.
For example, a third of artificial intelligence scientists believe AI could cause a nuclear-level catastrophe.
In another example, Mo Gawdat, the former Chief Business Officer with Google’s Research and Development division, warned of on apocalyptic threat because artificial intelligence researchers are “creating god.”
Even Elon Musk once called the commercialization of artificial intelligence “our biggest existential threat.”
Now, Oscar-winning director James Cameron – the man who came up with Skynet in the Terminator movies – has another warning for us.
During a recent appearance on Sean Hayes, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman’s SmartLess podcast, James Cameron said, “I’m not afraid but I’m pretty concerned about the potential of misuse of AI. I think AI can be pretty great. I think it could also literally be the end of the world.
“You talk to all the AI scientists and every time I put my hand up at one of their seminars they start laughing. The point is that no technology has ever not been weaponized.
“And do we really want to be fighting something smarter than us that isn’t us? On our own world? I don’t think so,” James Cameron continued.
“AI could have taken over the world and already be manipulating it, but we just don’t know because it would have total control over all the media and everything. What better explanation is there for how absurd everything is right now? Nothing makes better sense to me.”
With AI like ChatGPT, which can do things like mimic a human conversation, write computer programs, and answer test questions, it’s, as Elon Musk has said, just a matter of time before artificial intelligence takes over, assuming it hasn’t already.
Then again, perhaps we really have nothing to worry about. After all, some scientists believe there is up to a 50 percent chance that we’re all actually living in a simulation.