AI will be more significant than the nuclear bomb, says Zoltan Istvan
Scientists across the globe have been frantically working on the development of artificial intelligence, which would see machines or software expressing intelligence on par with humans.
Many have warned on the perils of developing machines that are as capable as us, as it could realistically make humans obsolete as they could take our jobs, and eventually see us as more of a hindrance.
Mr Istvan, a transhumanist – a movement that wants to use science and technology to radically change the human being and the human experience by merging our bodies with machine – and futurist, share similar worries.
Robots will soon dominate warfare
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Istvan said: “If I was going to become president tomorrow, I would put a huge amount of resources into the development of AI because I find that whoever ends up controlling the very first or smartest AI is probably going to very quickly dominate the entire military landscape.
“If you have a machine that can programme viruses or hack into any other machine, you have such a distinct advantage over any other world government.
He continued: “You have to see AI as you would see the Manhattan Project or the development of nuclear bombs.
“It changed the military landscape the moment the US dropped the bombs in Japan. The first AI is probably going to be about five to ten times that affect.
AI will make the developer the dominant global force
“This is exactly why AI is so important.”
He argued that the world’s governments should form a coalition to create AI as it needs to be so carefully monitored.
The US’s bombing of Japan ‘changed the military landscape’
“Imagine if North Korea developed AI, that could very quickly destabilise the entire world almost immediately.”
The US citizen of Hungarian descent, who has been vocal in his opposition to AI, has conceded that the development of machines that are smarter than humans is inevitable, which is why the world’s leaders need to work together to develop and subsequently contain it.
“Its a huge question for the military and I would say even humanity throughout the 21st century.”