One of the UKs and perhaps the world's most well-known scientists, Professor Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist, believes that thinking machines may pose a threat to mankind. In an interview with the BBC he stated:
"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
His comments came after he was asked about an upgrade to the current technology that he uses to communicate, which involves an early type of Artificial Intelligence.
Professor Hawking, who has a condition known as ALS, is now using a new Intel based system to speak. This was developed in conjunction with a machine learning specialist called Swiftkey. They used their current smartphone keyboard technology, which actually learns how a person will think and will then suggest which words that they may want to use next.
Prof Hawking says the early forms of artificial intelligence have proved useful, but he fears the future view of creating a machine that can match a humans ability to think, or exceed it.
"It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate," he said. "Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded."