Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking claims that humans should be genetically engineered if they are to compete with the phenomenal growth of artificial intelligence. In an interview in the German magazine Focus, Hawking said the increasing sophistication of computer technology is likely to outstrip human intelligence in the future. He said scientific modification of human genes could increase the complexity of DNA and "improve" human beings.
"In contrast with our intellect, computers double their performance every 18 months," Hawking said. "So the danger is real that they could develop intelligence and take over the world." Hawking predicted last year that genetic engineers would be able to create superhumans with larger brains and increased IQs. He now calls for the development of technologies that will allow human brains to be linked to computers.
Staff writer Wendy McAuliffe reported from London.