Theoretically, AI could keep reprogramming and upgrading itself without human interference until it becomes more intelligent than us. At that point, experts warn, it could view humanity as a hinderance – and will use its intelligence to replace us at the top. Ultimately, the smarter AI becomes, the easier it will be able to develop itself until its growth massively outpaces humanity’s.
One expert believes researchers could lose control of the pace of AI, and compared it to how the nuclear arms race got out of control in the 1930s.
In the 1930s, western scientists began working on the development of the nuclear bomb which was thought would take decades.
However, when World War 2 broke out, both the axis and the allies entered an arms race to develop nuclear arms which massively increased the pace of the project.
The US sealed the end of the war when it dropped two nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945.