Fans of the Terminator series rejoice; you guys are no longer the total nerds you thought you were. In the Terminator films, a rogue computer system called Skynet, gained self-awareness and end up destroying human civilization.
Now, it seems fiction may one day become fact. At least, that is if you believe The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER). The CSER has been setup to study and assess whether technology, like Skynet, could one day end up destroying human civilization. And just to show the centre is not a total joke, the CSER project is co-founded by
professor Huw Price, cosmology and astrophysics professor Martin Rees and
backed by Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn. So no; it is not done by fanboys in
In fact Prof Price has even publicly said that the way technology has been improving, "it seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology". AKA; it’s a matter of time before A.I jumps beyond the confines of the computer. And to think just a few years ago, we humans were worried when Deep Blue started beating grandmasters at chess.