AI such a threat to humanity folk should stop having kids, says tech guru

AI poses such a threat to humanity folk should hold off having kids, according to a tech guru who helped create it.

Mo Gawdat, 55, former chief business officer at Google's secret innovation lab X, said the world faces a bleak bot-battling future akin to that portrayed in 1982 sci-fi movie smash Blade Runner.

He said humans face such a “perfect storm” of misery people who do not already have children should forget the idea of starting a family.

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“The risks are so bad, in fact, that when considering all the other threats to humanity you should hold off from having kids if you are yet to become a parent,'' he told host and TV Dragons' Den star Steven Bartlett on The Diary of A CEO podcast.

“There has never been such a perfect storm in the history of humanity.

“Economic, geopolitical, global warming, climate change, the whole idea of AI – this is a perfect storm, the depth of uncertainty.

“It has never been more intense.

“If you really loved your kids would you really want to expose them to all this?''

Gawdat spoke out after Bartlett, 30, appointed him as chief AI officer at his marketing agency Flight Story.

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The tech guru said artificial intelligence was already so advanced it was impossible to control.

Instead, it needed "to be appealed to" or humanity risked being “left behind”.

“I have spent my career fascinated by the role that technology plays,'' he said.

“And now the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced is upon us.

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“Artificial intelligence is the culmination of technological advancement and it is my view that it will be unprecedented in defining the way the world is shaped.

“The sophistication of digital intelligence is such that it has become autonomous and is something that needs to be appealed to rather than controlled.

“It’s vital we stay attuned to how to do this or risk being left behind.''

He is not the first tech exec to speak out about the dangers of AI.

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Earlier this year SpaceX, Tesla and Twitter chief Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak signed an open letter asking developers to hold off on further innovations for six months so the industry had time to process the latest advances.

Sam Altman, chief executive officer of ChatGPT chatbot creator OpenAI has warned of “existential risk”.

The Centre for AI Safety has issued a statement saying: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.''

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