Ridley Scott Warns AI Will Destroy Humanity: ‘It’s a Technical Hydrogen Bomb’

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Ridley Scott Warns AI Could Destroy Humanity: 'It's a Technical Hydrogen Bomb'

Director Ridley Scott issued a stark warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), describing it as a “technical hydrogen bomb” that could be disastrous for humanity.

As the development of AI continues, Scott said it needs to be stopped, not nurtured.

Scott, the creator of iconic films including Alien and Blade Runner, told Rolling Stone magazine he is terrified of the negative impact AI will have on society.

“We have to lock down AI,” he said.

However, Scott thinks AI is already too far out of the box.

“And I don’t know how you’re gonna lock it down,’ he added.

“They have these discussions in the government, ‘How are we gonna lock down AI?'”

“Are you f**ing kidding? You’re never gonna lock it down.”

“Once it’s out, it’s out,” he exclaimed.

The famed director then made a dire prediction about AI and its potential dangers.

He went on to make a dire prediction.

“If I’m designing AI, I’m going to design a computer whose first job is to design another computer that’s cleverer than the first one,” he explained.

“And when they get together, then you’re in trouble because then it can take over the whole electrical-monetary system in the world and switch it off.”

“That’s your first disaster. It’s a technical hydrogen bomb. Think about what that would mean.”

Scott said he also addressed a similar point in his hit film Blade Runner.

“I always thought the world would end up being run by two corporations, and I think we’re headed in that direction.”

“Tyrell Corp in ‘Blade Runner’ probably owned 45-50% of the world, and one of his playthings was creating replication through DNA,’ he added.

“Tyrell [played by Joe Turkel] thinks he’s God and in the first ‘Blade Runner’ has made a Nexus female. And the Nexus female will have a limited lifespan because AI will get dangerous.”

“They really have to not allow this, and I don’t know how you can control it,” he added.

“There’s something non-creative about data,” Scott concluded.

“You’re gonna get a painting created by a computer, but I like to believe – and I’m saying this without confidence – it won’t work with anything particularly special that requires emotion or soul. With that said, I’m still worried about it,” he continued.

AI development

Earlier this year, a team of scientists announced they were working to merge human brain cells with artificial intelligence (AI) has won a $600,000 grant from the Australian government.

A team of scientists working to merge human brain cells with artificial intelligence (AI) has won a $600,000 grant from the Australian government.

The same AI scientists made headlines last year for “teaching” a cluster of brain cells in a Petri dish to play the video game Pong.

The grant came from the Office of National Intelligence, which oversees the country’s intelligence community.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s venture, Neuralink, is developing an implant placed in the brain through a robot-assisted procedure.

Musk has said in the past that the less invasive Link device (compared to other deep brain stimulation systems that are implanted around the chest area) is implanted through the skull.

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