Artificial intelligence is often heralded as a potential path for the ending of everything from car accidents to world hunger.
Stephen Hawking recently cautioned that such power will not likely come without consequences, particularly if it goes unchecked.
While speaking at Zeitgeist 2015, a conference held in London, Hawking noted, "Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours."
Stephen Hawking makes bold claim about the future
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Professor Stephen Hawking attends the UK Premiere of 'The Theory Of Everything' at Odeon Leicester Square on December 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking poses for a picture ahead of a gala screening of the documentary film 'Hawking', a film about his life, at the opening night of the Cambridge Film Festival in Cambridge, eastern England on September 19, 2013. Hawking tells the extraordinary tale of how he overcame severe disability to become the most famous living scientist in a new documentary film premiered in Britain. (Photo credit: ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
It's his feeling that instead of fixating on who's controlling the manufactured intelligence, the matter of whether it can be controlled is the true issue needing to be tended to.
In stressing the importance of developing AI advancements both carefully and with foresight, Hawking offered, "Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it."