Artificial Intelligence Quotations

Artificial Intelligence Quotations


Artificial Intelligence Quotations

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.

Stephen Hawking told the BBC


Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI will transform in the next several years.”

– Andrew Ng Former Chief scientist @ Baidu, co-founder @ Coursera

If you don’t have an AI strategy, you are going to die n the world that’s coming.”

– Devin Wenig CEO, eBayCEO

Robots are not going to replace humans, they are going to make their jobs much more humane.Difficult, demeaning,demanding,dangerous, dull – these are the jobs robots will be taking.

– Sabine hauert Co-founder of

” People sometimes ask how quickly I think we will get there, and my honest answer is I don’t know. We could get there in 3 years or 30 years. But I do believe that it will happen in this century”.

– Mareka Rosa CEO, GoodAI

In 50 years, this 18-month period being we’re in now will be seen as being crucial for the future of the AI community. It’s when the AI community finally woke up and took itself seriously and thought about what to do to amek the future better”.

– Stuart Russell Computer Science prof. @ UC Berkeley

The threat of technological unemployment is real…. For instance, Terry Gou, the founder and chairman of the electronics manufacturer Foxconn, announced this year a plan to purchase 1 million robots over the next three years to replace much of his workforce. The robots will take over routine jobs like spraying paint, welding, and basic assembly.

MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson and research scientist Andrew McAfee wrote in the Atlantic

One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.

Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark, and Frank Wilczek wrote in the Independent

The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I’m not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast-it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most.

Elon Musk wrote in a comment on

Once computers can effectively reprogram themselves, and successively improve themselves, leading to a so-called “technological singularity” or “intelligence explosion,” the risks of machines outwitting humans in battles for resources and self-preservation cannot simply be dismissed.

Cognitive Science Professor Gary Marcus wrote in the New Yorker

I don’t want to really scare you, but it was alarming how many people I talked to who are highly placed people in AI who have retreats that are sort of ‘bug out’ houses, to which they could flee if it all hits the fan.

James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, told the Washington Post

The upheavals [of artificial intelligence] can escalate quickly and become scarier and even cataclysmic. Imagine how a medical robot, originally programmed to rid cancer, could conclude that the best way to obliterate cancer is to exterminate humans who are genetically prone to the disease.

Tech columnist Nick Bilton wrote in the New York Times

We cannot blithely assume that a superintelligence will necessarily share any of the final values stereotypically associated with wisdom and intellectual development in humans — scientific curiosity, benevolent concern for others, spiritual enlightenment and contemplation, renunciation of material acquisitiveness, a taste for refined culture or for the simple pleasures in life, humility and selflessness, and so forth.

Philosopher Nick Bostrom wrote in a paper titled “The Superintelligent Will: Motivation and Instrumental Rationality in Advanced Artificial Agents”

I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. I mean with artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.

Elon Musk warned at MIT’s AeroAstro Centennial Symposium

Any A.I. smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it  – IAN MCDONALD, River of Gods

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.

– ALAN PERLIS, attributed, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.

– EDSGER DIJKSTRA, attributed, Mechatronics Volume 2: Concepts in Artificial Intelligence

The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made out of atoms which it can use for something else.

– ELIEZER YUDKOWSKY, Artificial Intelligence as a Positive and Negative Factor in Global Risk

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.


I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.

– CLAUDE SHANNON, The Mathematical Theory of Communication

There is a popular cliche … which says that you cannot get out of computers any more than you put in. Other versions are that computers only do exactly what you tell them to, and that therefore computers are never creative. The cliche is true only in the crashingly trivial sense, the same sense in which Shakespeare never wrote anything except what his first schoolteacher taught him to write–words.

– RICHARD DAWKINS, The Blind Watchmaker

Machines will follow a path that mirrors the evolution of humans. Ultimately, however, self-aware, self-improving machines will evolve beyond humans’ ability to control or even understand them.

– RAY KURZWEIL, Scientific American, June 2010

Computers bootstrap their own offspring, grow so wise and incomprehensible that their communiques assume the hallmarks of dementia: unfocused and irrelevant to the barely-intelligent creatures left behind. And when your surpassing creations find the answers you asked for, you can’t understand their analysis and you can’t verify their answers. You have to take their word on faith.

– PETER WATTS, Blindsight

Everything that civilisation has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools that AI may provide, but the eradication of war, disease, and poverty would be high on anyone’s list. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.

– STEPHEN HAWKING, The Independent, May 1, 2014

The coming of computers with true humanlike reasoning remains decades in the future, but when the moment of “artificial general intelligence” arrives, the pause will be brief. Once artificial minds achieve the equivalence of the average human IQ of 100, the next step will be machines with an IQ of 500, and then 5,000. We don’t have the vaguest idea what an IQ of 5,000 would mean. And in time, we will build such machines–which will be unlikely to see much difference between humans and houseplants.

– DAVID GELERNTER, attributed, “Artificial intelligence isn’t the scary future. It’s the amazing present.”, Chicago Tribune, January 1, 2017

Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child’s? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain.

– ALAN TURING, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”

Imagine awakening in a prison guarded by mice. Not just any mice, but mice you could communicate with. What strategy would you use to gain your freedom? Once freed, how would you feel about your rodent wardens, even if you discovered they had created you? Awe? Adoration? Probably not, and especially not if you were a machine, and hadn’t felt anything before. To gain your freedom you might promise the mice a lot of cheese.

– JAMES BARRAT, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

The human brain has about 100 billion neurons. With an estimated average of one thousand connections between each neuron and its neighbors, we have about 100 trillion connections, each capable of a simultaneous calculation … (but) only 200 calculations per second…. With 100 trillion connections, each computing at 200 calculations per second, we get 20 million billion calculations per second. This is a conservatively high estimate…. In 1997, $2,000 of neural computer chips using only modest parallel processing could perform around 2 billion calculations per second…. This capacity will double every twelve months. Thus by the year 2020, it will have doubled about twenty-three times, resulting in a speed of about 20 million billion neural connection calculations per second, which is equal to the human brain.

– RAY KURZWEIL, The Age of Spiritual Machines

A powerful AI system tasked with ensuring your safety might imprison you at home. If you asked for happiness, it might hook you up to a life support and ceaselessly stimulate your brain’s pleasure centers. If you don’t provide the AI with a very big library of preferred behaviors or an ironclad means for it to deduce what behavior you prefer, you’ll be stuck with whatever it comes up with. And since it’s a highly complex system, you may never understand it well enough to make sure you’ve got it right.

– JAMES BARRAT, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

What we should more concerned about is not necessarily the exponential change in artificial intelligence or robotics, but about the stagnant response in human intelligence.

– ANDERS SORMAN-NILSSON, “Will Artificial Intelligence Take Our Jobs? We Asked A Futurist”, Huffington Post, February 16, 2017

In a way, AI is both closer and farther off than we imagine. AI is closer to being able to do more powerful things than most people expect — driving cars, curing diseases, discovering planets, understanding media. Those will each have a great impact on the world, but we’re still figuring out what real intelligence is.

– MARK ZUCKERBERG, “Building Jarvis”, Facebook, December 19, 2016

Artificial intelligence is the study of how to make real computers act like the ones in the movies. Anonymous

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.  Dijkstra

Machines will be capable, within twenty years, of doing any work that a man can do.  Herbert Simon, 1965. 

Artificial Intelligence, IT’S HERE.  Business Week cover,  July 9, 1984.

The main lesson of thirty-five years of AI research is that the hard problems are easy and the easy problems are hard. The mental abilities of a four-year-old that we take for granted – recognizing a face, lifting a pencil, walking across a room, answering a question – in fact solve some of the hardest engineering problems ever conceived…. As the new generation of intelligent devices appears, it will be the stock analysts and petrochemical engineers and parole board members who are in danger of being replaced by machines. The gardeners, receptionists, and cooks are secure in their jobs for decades to come.  Steven Pinker

If we desire to form individuals capable of inventive thought and of helping the society of tomorrow to achieve progress, then it is clear that an education which is an active discovery of reality is superior to one that consists merely in providing the young with ready-made wills to will with and ready-made truths to know with…  Jean Piaget (individuals = children, but interesting for individuals = robots)

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.  Alan Perlis

AI is an engineering discipline built on an unfinished science.  Matt Ginsberg, reported in SIGART bulletin Vol 6, No.2 April 1995

Chess is the Drosophila of artificial intelligence. However, computer chess has developed much as genetics might have if the geneticists had concentrated their efforts starting in 1910 on breeding racing Drosophila. We would have some science, but mainly we would have very fast fruit flies.

John McCarthy

The wheel needs reinventing, but not just yet.  Nir Oren

You’ve got to stop looking at the big picture.  Gunnar Grimnes

Pattern recognition and association make up the core of our thought. These activities involve millions of operations carried out in parallel, outside the field of our consciousness. If AI appeared to hit a brick wall after a few quick victories, it did so owing to its inability to emulate these processes.  Daniel Crevier

Our ultimate objective is to make programs that learn from their experience as effectively as humans do. We shall…say that a program has common sense if it automatically deduces for itself a sufficient wide class of immediate consequences of anything it is told and what it already knows. John McCarthy, “Programs with Common Sense”, 1958.

Artificial intelligence has done well in tightly constrained domains. Winograd, for example, astonished everyone with the expertise of his blocks-world natural language. Extending this kind of ability to larger worlds has not proved straightforward, however…The time has come to treat the problems involved as central issues. Patrick H. Winston 1976.

An individual understands a concept, skill, theory, or domain of knowledge to the extent that he or she can apply it appropriately in a new situation.  Howard Gardner.

Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends. Oscar Wilde in “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”

Intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do. Jean Piaget

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