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Physicist and thinker Stephen Hawking appeared on-stage at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal today via telepresence to warn humanity about the development of artificial intelligence.

Stephen Hawking Issues Stern Warning On AI: Could Be 'Worst Thing' For Humanity
Stephen Hawkings at Web Summit 2017

“The growth of AI would be the worst or the best thing which has happened for humankind.”

AI and robots are already threatening countless jobs, Hawking stated, but may be utilized for pro-social functions also. That will not only happen by accident, nevertheless. Hawking said there is a whole lot of work that has to be done in order to make it happen.

Plus it needs scientists and technologist to consider away from the problem which they’re attempting to fix. Companies such as google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook see leadership in AI as crucial to future business success.

Stephen Hawking Issues Stern Warning On AI: Could Be 'Worst Thing' For Humanity

Maybe we should all stop for a minute and concentrate not just on creating our AI much better and more effective, but also on the advantage of humankind,” Hawking suggested.

Legislation and laws is part in this process, Hawking said.

Hawking says that the timing could be we could be surpassed by AI .

And he called throughout the world.

Stephen Hawking Issues Stern Warning On AI: Could Be 'Worst Thing' For Humanity

“We stand on the threshold of a brave new world,” Hawking said. “We all have a role to play in ensuring that we and the next generation have the determination to engage with science … and create a better world for the whole human race.”