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The real threat computers pose: artificial stupidity

Computer scientists say the real worry is a computer program that rapidly overdoes a single task, with no context

"People in AI know that a chess-playing computer still doesn't yearn to capture a queen," said Prof Russell.

New York

IN October, Elon Musk called artificial intelligence "our greatest existential threat", and equated making machines that think with "summoning the demon". In December, Stephen Hawking said "full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race". And this year, Bill...

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