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Bill Gates Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent...A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern.
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Nick Bostrom

Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb [...] We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound
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Yoshua Bengio Computer scientist at University of Montreal

One thing I came with is also … this subject of safe AI came up in many discussions, and I would say that these discussions left a strong [positive] impression on me.
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Roman Yampolskiy Computer scientist at the University of Louisville

Yampolskiy has warned of the possibility of existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence, and has advocated research into "boxing" artificial intelligence
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Alan Turing British mathematician and logician, a major contributor to mathematics, cryptanalysis, and AI

Even if we could keep the machines in a subservient position, for instance by turning off the power at strategic moments, we should, as a species, feel greatly humbled. … [T]his new danger … is certainly something which can give us anxiety.
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Eric Horvitz Director of Microsoft Research's main Redmond lab

Deeper study is also needed to understand the potential of superintelligence or other pathways to result in even temporary losses of control of AI systems.
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Clive Sinclair Entrepreneur and inventor

Once you start to make machines that are rivaling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it’s going to be very dificult for us to survive
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Ray Kurzweil Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

The existential threat from genetic technologies is already here: the same technology that will soon make major strides against cancer, heart disease, and other diseases could also be employed by a bioterrorist to create a bioengineered biological virus that combines ease of transmission, deadliness, and stealthiness, that is, a long incubation period. The tools and knowledge to do this are far mo... See More
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Vernor Vinge Retired San Diego State University Professor and author

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended (1993)
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Stuart Russell Professor of Computer Science at Berkeley

The question is: Could you prove that your systems can’t ever, no matter how smart they are, overwrite their original goals as set by the humans?
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Jaan Tallinn Co-founder of Skype and Kazaa

A superintelligent AI could be a serious problem
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Francesca Rossi Computer Scientist, Professor at the University of Padova

AI is already more “intelligent” than humans in narrow domains, some of which involve delicate decision making. Humanity is not threatened by them, but many people could be affected by their decisions. [...] Consider automated trading systems. A bad decision in these systems may be (and has been) a financial disaster for many people. That will also be the case for self-driving cars. Some of their ... See More
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David McAllester Professor and Chief Academic Officer at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

The Singularity would enable machines to become infinitely intelligent, and would pose an ‘incredibly dangerous scenario’, he says.
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Marcus Hutter Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at Australian National University

Way before the singularity, even when setting up a virtual society in our imagine, there are likely some immediate difference, for example that the value of an individual life suddenly drops, with drastic consequences.
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Richard Sutton Professor and iCORE chair of computer science at University of Alberta

He states that there is “certainly a significant chance within all of our expected lifetimes” that human-level AI will be created, then goes on to say the AIs “will not be under our control”, and so on
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Marvin Minsky Mathematician, computer scientist, and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence

The ultimate risk comes when our greedy, lazy, masterminds are able at last to take that final step: to design goal-achieving programs which are programmed to make themselves grow increasingly powerful.
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Stephen Omohundro Scientist, Self-Aware Systems; Co-founder, Center for Complex Systems Research

Omohundro’s research concludes that the drives of superintelligent machines will be on a collision course with our own, unless we design them very carefully.
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Peter Thiel Technology entrepreneur and investor

Thiel foundation is the single largest donor to MIRI, an organization founded by the illustrious Eliezer Yudkowsky
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Eliezer Yudkowsky AI researcher who popularized the idea of friendly artificial intelligence

Yudkowsky argues that as AI systems become increasingly intelligent, new formal tools will be needed in order to avert default incentives for harmful behavior, as well as to inductively teach correct behavior.
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Jaan Tallinn Co-founder of Skype and Kazaa

He says our biggest existential threat is artificial intelligence
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Bill Hibbard Scientist

The threat level from AI justifies addressing AI dangers now and with significant resources

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Andrew Ng Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Worrying about the rise of evil killer robots is like worrying about overpopulation and pollution on Mars before we've even set foot on it - an unnecessary distraction.
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Paul G. Allen Co-founder of Microsoft

Gaining a comprehensive scientific understanding of human cognition is one of the hardest problems there is. We continue to make encouraging progress. But by the end of the century, we believe, we will still be wondering if the singularity is near.
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Steve Wozniak Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computer

It's actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they'd even have the ability. They'll be so smart by then that they'll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature. So I got over my fear that we'd be replaced by computers. They're going to help us. We're at least the gods originally.
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Mark Zuckerberg CEO at Facebook

I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic. I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible
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Rodney A. Brooks Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, author, and robotics entrepreneur

If we are spectacularly lucky we’ll have AI over the next thirty years with the intentionality of a lizard, and robots using that AI will be useful tools. [...] Worrying about AI that will be intentionally evil to us is pure fear mongering
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Roger Schank John Evans Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Psychology and Education, Northwestern Univ

Machines cannot think. They are not going to think any time soon. They may increasingly do more interesting things, but the idea that we need to worry about them, regulate them, or grant them civil rights, is just plain silly.
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Yann LeCun Computer scientist working in machine learning and computer vision

There are several real or imagined dangers about AI. Today, the danger of a Terminator scenario or something like this... those are not things that we’re worried about because we just don’t have the technology to build machines like that.
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Tim O'Reilly Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Investor. Studied at Harvard University.

Fear is not the right frame of mind to think about AI's impact on our society
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Ben Goertzel

Bostrom and Yudkowsky’s arguments for existential risk have some logical foundation, but are often presented in an exaggerated way
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Oren Etzioni CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Predictions that superintelligence is on the foreseeable horizon are not supported by the available data. Moreover, it’s possible that AI systems could collaborate with people to create a symbiotic superintelligence. That would be very different from the pernicious and autonomous kind envisioned by Professor Bostrom
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Grady Booch Software engineer. Developed UML

Might a superintelligent AI emerge? In some distant future, perhaps
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Gordon Moore Co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel. Proponent of Moore's Law

The singularity is unlikely ever to occur because of the complexity with which the human brain operates
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Douglas Hofstadter Professor of cognitive science. Pulitzer prize winner

Life and intelligence are far more complex than the current singularitarians seem to believe, so I doubt it will happen in the next couple of centuries
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