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Hawking: Computers will overtake humans within 100 years

Technically Incorrect: The famed physicist warns that we need to make sure computers have goals that coincide with ours.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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We don't have much time left to control AI, says Stephen Hawking. National Geographic Channel screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Listen closely. We don't have much time.

We need to tell Siri that she must stop thinking for herself and remember to simply be at our beck and call.

She's become a bit uppity lately, what with telling a joke or two and generally chuckling at us. We must be sure that her aims are actually our aims.

No, I'm not addled by too much liquor and life. I'm looking at the latest pronouncements of Stephen Hawking. The famed physicist and latter-day doomsayer spoke at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference in London on Tuesday and offered some chilling words of finality.

As reported by Techworld, he said: "Computers will overtake humans with AI at some point within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours."

Surely, we need to make sure computers have goals aligned with ours now and then continue to make sure that this happens.

However, the smarter computers become, the less predictable the decisions their supposed smarts will lead them to.

Hawking has warned previously that AI could be the worst thing that's happened to humanity. Yes, worse than any "Real Housewives" series.

On Tuesday, he said: "Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it."

But if there's one thing we know, it's that we can't trust ourselves. There's enough twistedness inside us that we'll likely try to create monsters that eat us alive -- first psychologically, then physically.

How coincidental that a New Zealand-based company just announced it's making the " world's angriest robot."

When we discovered nuclear weapons, we still had to let one or two off, just to see what it felt like. So I wonder what will happen when the first truly dominating, self-sufficient robot comes along.

I suspect it won't be pretty.