After calling humanity's history "the history of the stupid," Stephen Hawking seems to consider that, albeit there is still a chance that AI may be a bad idea, that it could also possibly be "the biggest event in the history of our civilisation."
Hawking said that he was cheered by the notion that someone was going to study the future of intelligence.
He contrasted this by saying: "We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let's face it, is mostly the history of stupidity."
It's an edifying truth.
As we look to the past, the tales keep coming: "And you'll never guess what asinine thing the rulers did next."
Despite all this looking back, we still make the same mistakes over and over again.
Hawking, then, seems to be lifted by the idea that in creating intelligence, we are stepping into an exciting and potentially positive unknown.
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