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Professor Hugo de Garis - AI Will Kill 1 Billion People - Do We Create Our Exterminators?

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Expert In Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

The rise of artificial intelligence has left no industry untouched, and millions of jobs worldwide are at risk of automation. As AI continues to advance, more and more human workers will be replaced by machines. Those that follow the goings on at London Real will know it’s one of the reasons I’ve encouraged making shrewd investments in this technology leap now.

And while behind every door lies a world of opportunity, we must also consider the profound impact this technology will have on society and most importantly us – the people. It’s something that has not been lost on me, and I have spent a great deal of time considering how Artificial Intelligence will change the world.


It’s also one of the reasons why I’ve been keen to speak with the foremost experts in the world, to get a clearer picture of the dilemma we face right now. The world is at a crossroads, and, if recent news is anything to go by, it’s heating up. George Hinton, considered the “godfather of AI” recently quit his position at Google, because he has become increasingly concerned by the risks this technology poses.

Today’s guest has travelled across the globe to join us live in the studio, and his timing couldn’t be more appropriate. He has long argued that the coming years will be overshadowed and overwhelmed by the issue of “species dominance“. The question is, will that dominant species be human beings or machines? And, many of you, I’m afraid, are not going to like the answer.

Professor Hugo de Garis is an expert in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, a distinguished author, and now retired researcher, who is best known for his work on the development of artificial brains and his advocacy for the creation of “artilects” (artificial intellects) – that is, machines capable of intellectual achievement that rival or surpass human beings.

Hugo has published well over 100 academic papers on a range of topics related to the emergence of AI and robotics and the potential implications of these technologies on society.

And throughout his career, he has held various positions at some of the biggest technology companies on the planet, while also offering his expertise as a consultant at the United Nations and the US Navy.

He is a man that really knows his stuff and has been involved at all levels in the advancement of AI, in particular during the groundbreaking period at the turn of the century. Hugo’s work focussed on evolvable hardware and artificial brains, which involved creating computer programs that simulate the cognitive processes of the human brain.

Of course, it is near impossible to work in this arena without stirring controversy, and Hugo has long argued that these machines or Artilects, or if you prefer, “god-like massively intelligent machines” could one day become the dominant species on Earth and that we must be prepared for this possibility.

Hugo wrote an incredible book, addressing this “inevitability” – “The Artilect War: Cosmists vs. Terrans: A Bitter Controversy Concerning Whether Humanity Should Build Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines”. In it, he explored the potential consequences of a future conflict between humans and artificial intelligence that would inevitably result in billions of deaths, before the end of the 21st century.

Should human beings remain dominant, or should we hand over this dominance to our godlike, massively intelligent, machines? Hugo rightly points out that the stakes couldn’t be higher. The survival of humanity is on the line as a major war later this century will almost certainly break out.

Hugo firmly believes that humanity will divide into two groups, the Cosmists – who are in favour of building artilect gods, and the Terrans – who are afraid that the artilects may wipe out humanity, simply because they can.

“I expect to see the “Species Dominance Debate” raging well before I die. A lot is at stake, namely the survival of the human species.”

The crucial political question is of course – should humanity build artilects? Maybe it’s already too late, and as more and more researchers and experts call for a “pause” to address the wide-ranging issues we will soon face, it’s time for everyone to start paying more attention.

These are huge conversations that will directly impact every one of us. This is a critical time for our species, as you will find out in this episode. I genuinely cannot wait for this one and trust me, you really don’t want to miss it. Some of the insights and knowledge, experts such as Professor de Garis bring to the table are truly mind-blowing, and at times more than a little daunting.

But, as I have always believed, it is only through having these conversations and sharing information as widely as possible that we can find solutions and create change. We all need to be more focussed on the bigger picture and ask the big questions, otherwise, we’ll wake up one day and realise it’s too late.

“If an Artilect War comes, it is likely that if you are not already old, you may be killed in it.”

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  1. Should we build these God-like creatures?
  2. Has AI reached human-level intelligence?
  3. The AI Singularity
  4. The Artilect War: Cosmists vs Terrans
  5. What’s happening in China labor camps and organ farms
  6. Will China get ahead of the AGI race?
  7. The Artilect War will be the worst war in human history
  8. Is there any reason AI will keep us alive?
  9. Not building Artilects would be a cosmic strategy
  10. Where are the aliens?
  11. Are we living in a simulation?
  12. Should we be nice to the machines?
  13. The Artilect War will start sooner than you think
  14. Andrew Tate, toxic masculinity and man slavery
  15. Masculism vs Feminists
  16. Modern masculism

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