Cambridge University center to examine potential threat posed by artificial intelligence

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The UK’s prestigious University of Cambridge is to play host to a new center where experts will analyze the possible dangers of advanced artificial intelligence. Founded by philosophy professor Huw Price, cosmology professor Martin Rees, and Skype co-founder Jann Tallinn, the university says its Center for the Study of Existential Risk is set to open on campus next year. While acknowledging the far-fetched nature of a HAL 9000-style AI rebellion, Price told the AP that “it seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology.”

“It tends to be regarded as a flakey concern, but given that we don’t know how serious the risks are, that we don’t know the time…

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