Stephen Hawking warns AI could ‘conceivably destroy’ civilization

Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the creation of artificial intelligence “could be the worst event in the history of our civilization” at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

But it’s important to note, as with many of Hawking’s frankly terrifying predictions, that he’s postulating about the negative possibilities, not certainties. In the speech he spoke with as much optimism as he did caution:

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