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"Does Artificial Intelligence pose a greater threat or benefit to humanity?"

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Humans are creative enough to deal with any situations. I am expecting a war between humans and Intelligent software agents in Cyber-Space in a decade or so. But, as i said, humans will take the lead, and it is a great source to learn new things.
Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani, Melbourne, FL (Aug. 16)

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I'm an AI researcher, so I guess my opinion is a bit biased. Overall I believe AI will be a benefit, otherwise I wouldn't be in the field. However, I don't think the effects of AI will be as dramatic as people think. I just returned from the GECCO conference (Genetic and Evolutionary Computation COnference) which is a gathering of AI researchers on the forefront of the field. They're a long way from creating a human level intelligence. There were exciting developments, to be sure, but we're not going to have conscious, self directed computers any time soon. (I'd wager about 100 years.)
Greg Barton, Dallas, TX (Aug. 9)

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Human brain is a product of evolution with a tremendous time, yet AI is not. Needs enormous time to create the exceeding brain of humans. Anyway, there is nothing either exceeding or not, but human thinking makes it so. No threat and no benefit.
Nagahama Jack, Tokyo (Aug. 9)

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Great article. I track artificial intelligence along with other emerging technologies, and find that Ray Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns progressing at such a pace where ethics and legal issues can't keep up with technological development. I for one am expecting airplanes without human pilots, and cars which drive themselves - within a decade...
Ted Stalets, Nashville, TN (Aug. 9)

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Its not a matter of the "processing power" our IT systems have, its how that capability is used, the connections of billions of neurons with thousands of imputs that support our minds cannot be compared to the simplistic serial instruction "calculators" that we have. Its like saying if you have the tools, anyone can be a great artist. Please, get a science adviser!
Robin Colclough, Spain (Aug. 9)

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In the beginning Artificial Intelligence will benefit to humanity, but as always men never satisfied with every thing they had, we want more and more and the thing we made before become Threat against us. It will come someday and somehow Artificial Intelligence become a threat against humanity.
David, Co. Kildare, Ireland (Aug. 9)

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