Robots taught to kill? Terminate that idea

Hollywood has given us a vivid glimpse of the theoretical pitfalls of artificial intelligence.

“War Games,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “I, Robot” all featured supercomputers or sentient robots that proved to be too smart for humanity’s good.

But some of the world’s shrewdest businessmen — titans like Bill Gates and Elon Musk who have harnessed the power of technology to make millions — are worried that our future could actually look like James Cameron’s “The Terminator” if we don’t take careful steps with how we deploy innovations that make use of artificial intelligence.


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