Stephen Hawking Thinks Our History Is That "Of Stupidity"

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Studying the past is really only helpful if you can use it to benefit the future. If you can't learn from the mistakes of yesterday, the same mistakes get repeated. Even so, there's more to life than studying where humanity went wrong. Stephen Hawking made this point when he said, "We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let's face it, is mostly the history of stupidity. So it's a welcome change that people are studying instead the future of intelligence." Hawking made this comment in an October 2016 lecture at the opening of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI) at Cambridge University. The center is a multi-disciplinary institute that will look to address the unanswered questions around artificial intelligence.

Stephen Hawking believes that artificial intelligence will be "either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity." So, a center dedicated to the research of this developing technology is a welcomed and comforting sight for the world renowned physicist. He sees the creation of a place like the LCFI that is aimed at studying the future of intelligence as "crucial to the future of our civilization and our species." Watch the video below for more on Hawking's stance on AI.

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