'We need to worry about artificial stupidity'
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Prof Winfield: We need to worry about artificial stupidity

Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has previously warned that the development of artificial intelligence (AI) "could spell the end of the human race".

However, Prof Alan Winfield, a world renowned professor of robot ethics from the Bristol Robotics Lab, told BBC Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur the bigger danger was "artificial stupidity".

Worries about robots taking over and destroying people came from science fiction, said Prof Winfield.

"We are worrying about an extraordinarily unlikely event," he said, adding there were things to worry about.

"We need to worry about jobs, we need to worry about weaponisation of AI, we need to worry about standards in driverless cars, in care robots, in medical diagnosis AI."

Watch the full interview on BBC World News and the BBC News channel on Tuesday, 31 October 2017, or watch again on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

  • 31 Oct 2017
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