Humans have an innate fear of the unknown and, in tech circles, there's no fear greater than the near future when brainiac walking computers take over the world one gun blast at a time. That's not the next "Terminator" movie synopsis, although it could be.
What it is, is a very real fear addressed today at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires by the tech world's leaders like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Tesla chief Elon Musk and scientist Stephen Hawking. It's in an open letter that's posted on the Future of Life Institute site.
They warn of a future where artificial intelligence is out of control. These visionaries, and at least a thousand academics, business leaders and scientists who signed their open letter, fear that AI in the future could be developed without serious controls for the safety of humans.
They worry that AI could be misused, notably with autonomous weapons that kill Earth's human residents. And they worry that unethical world leaders can use intelligent robots for evil.