At a UK press conference, he spoke after demonstrating a new communications system developed by Intel that will enable the famous scientist and author to converse, and therefore work, better than ever.
#Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Wikipedia#
Stephen and I were born on the same day—January 8th 1942. From the stars above the Earth, he chose England, while I waited a further turn and landed in Australia. I feel a special link to him although my mind travels along other paths. He doesn't give up on his dream of research so neither should I toss aside the way I work on my blog. (hehe)
When asked about a revamp of the technology he uses to communicate, which involves a basic form of AI, he told the BBC: "The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful. But I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
When technology eventually became self-aware, he thinks it will supersede humanity by developing faster than biological evolution.
Honda has already developed a robot, called ASIMO, which helps the less-able with tasks around the home. Also, Google is experimenting with robotics.
Many science fiction plots are centered around that very subject, and these theories dreamed up in a writer's mind often come to pass, although so far, no triffids have invaded Earth.
But—is there any way to stop progress?