Terminators-style AI is only 'one to two decades away'

Former Google chief Eric Schmidt believes AI technology is developing so quickly it may soon turn against its human masters.  

The billionaire tech leader claims Terminator-like AI movie death scenarios are 'one to two decades away' but says we should only 'worry about them in a while'.

Many AI experts, including Elon Musk, have said we should be wary of a potential AI uprising.

Schmidt himself has previously expressed concern about what countries such as Russia and China will do with AI weapons. 

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 Terminator-style AI takeovers could be happening within 'one to two decades', according to ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Pictured is Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Terminator, a cyborg assassin disguised as a human

 Terminator-style AI takeovers could be happening within 'one to two decades', according to ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Pictured is Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Terminator, a cyborg assassin disguised as a human

In the 1984 movie Terminator a cyborg assassin disguises himself as a human.

And this type of terrifying scenario might not be far off, according to the now MIT fellow Schmidt, speaking at the Munich Security Conference earlier this month.

'Everyone immediately then wants to talk about all the movie-inspired death scenarios, and I can confidently predict to you that they are one to two decades away.

'So let's worry about them, but let's worry about them in a while,' Schmidt said, DefenseNews reported. 

For the ex-head of Google, the benefits and uses of AI far outweigh any of the negatives. 

An apocalyptic robot takeover, however unlikely, is a risk worth taking for the medical and technological advances it provides, Schmidt believes.

In response to further questions about humans losing control over cyborgs, he responded: 'You've been watching too many movies.

'Let me be clear: Humans will remain in charge of [AI] for the rest of time,' he said.

Schmidt believes that no matter how advanced AI becomes, it will never be perfect and it will always have inherent flaws.

The former Google chief Eric Schmidt (pictured) has revealed he is  'very concerned' Russia and China could use AI to get world domination

The former Google chief Eric Schmidt (pictured) has revealed he is  'very concerned' Russia and China could use AI to get world domination

'These technologies [AI] have serious errors in them, and they should not be used with life-critical decisions. 

'So I would not want to be in an airplane where the computer was making all the general intelligence decisions about flying it. 

'The technology is just not reliable enough ― there too many errors in its use. It is advisory, it makes you smarter and so forth, but I wouldn't put it in charge of command and control,'  he said at the conference. 

Whilst he believes humans will always control the technology, he admits its use in weapons raises some concerns.

Speaking about the development of AI-guided weapon systems around the world, he warned against ignoring what countries like China and Russia were developing.  

'It's a national program. As I understand, what that means in China is that there will be hundreds of thousands of engineers produced and trained in this. 

'There is no analogous United States or European doctrine, and we need to have one,' Schmidt noted. 

These comments from Schmidt build on previous statements where he revealed he is 'very concerned' that Russia and China are leading the race on artificial intelligence.

Schmidt flagged the risk of their commercial as well as military aspirations, saying their lead in AI could help them conquer the world.

It follows his warning from last year that China will overtake the US in AI by 2025.

Speaking at BBC's Tomorrow's World Live at London's Science Museum with Professor Brian Cox, Schmidt, 62, admitted he worries about what rival countries could do with their technology.

'I'm very concerned about this', he said in response to a question from a member of the audience about the AI race between China and Russia. 

'I think that both the Russian and the Chinese leaders have recognised the value of this, not just for their commercial aspirations, but also their military aspirations', he told the audience, writes Daily Star.

'I'm very concerned about this', Schmidt said in response to a question from a member of the audience about the AI race between China and Russia (stock image)

'I'm very concerned about this', Schmidt said in response to a question from a member of the audience about the AI race between China and Russia (stock image)

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO WORRIED ABOUT AI?

It is an issue troubling some of the greatest minds in the world at the moment, from Professor Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates and Elon Musk. 

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk described AI as our 'biggest existential threat' and likened its development as 'summoning the demon.'

He believes super intelligent machines could use humans as pets.

Professor Hawking has recently said it is a 'near certainty' that a major technological disaster will threaten humanity in the next 1,000 to 10,000

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