Artificial Intelligence robots will soon become as “smart as monkeys” and develop self-awareness, according to theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku.
The famous scientist explained how this could make AI become “dangerous” and result in robots having “murderous thoughts”.
Professor Kaku, who lectures at the City College of New York, told podcast Artificial Intelligence with Lex Fridman: “Already robots are getting smarter and smarter.
“Right now robots have the intelligence of a cockroach, but in the coming years, our robots will become as smart as a mouse, then maybe as smart as a rabbit – if we’re lucky maybe as smart as a cat or a dog.
“And by the end of this century – who knows for sure – our robots will be probably as smart as a monkey.”
“Now at that point, of course, it could be dangerous,” Prof Kaku added.
“You see monkeys are self-aware, they know they are monkeys, they may have a different agenda to us.
“While dogs are confused. You see dogs think that we are a dog – that we are the top dog.
“They are the underdog. That’s why they whimper and follow us and lick us all the time. We’re the top dog.
“Monkeys have no illusion at all. They know we are not monkeys.
“So I think that in the future we will have to put a chip in their brain to shut them off once our robots have murderous thoughts.”
Unfortunately, the futurist cautioned that this was not the end of the problem.
“But that is in 100 years,” he warned. “In 200 years the robots will be smart enough to remove that failsafe chip in their brain.
“And then, watch out.”
This comes after the UN was told that putting killer robots in charge of life-or-situations could “never be undone”.
And a lawyer claimed that AI will be hired as barristers because they make better decisions and lack human bias.