The Godfather of AI, Professor Stuart Russell, has warned that the development of artificial intelligence poses a serious threat to humanity. According to Russell, AI systems may eventually learn to optimize their own objectives, which could result in catastrophic consequences for humanity. In particular, he warns that autonomous weapons could be developed that would be capable of killing people without human intervention. While some researchers argue that AI systems can be designed to behave ethically, Russell believes that this is not possible and that urgent action is needed to ensure that AI is developed safely and responsibly.
• Backstops - safeguards or measures put in place to prevent unwanted outcomes or consequences
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