Artificial intelligent machines: Are they a big threat to human life?

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:49 GMT, Apr 14, 2015 |

From smartphone apps like Siri to features like facial recognition of photos, artificial intelligence is becoming a part of everyday life. But humanity should take more care in developing artificial intelligence than with other technologies, experts say.

Science and technology heavyweights Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking have warned that intelligent machines could be one of humanity’s biggest existential threats. But throughout history, human inventions, such as fire, have also posed dangers. Why should people treat artificial intelligence differently?

But according to Max Tegmark (a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with fire, it was OK that we screwed up a bunch of times . But in developing artificial intelligence, as with nuclear weapons, we really want to get it right the first time, because it might be the only chance we have, he said.