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Here’s 100 quotes from some of the greatest minds, both dead and alive, on the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) and what it makes for the human race…


The AI genie – or demon, as Elon Musk calls it – is very much out the bottle. But what happens now? Is AI going to destroy the human race or, like the Internet, will it be a force for good, for change, and growth?

Machine learning and AI have been around for a long time but it was the arrival of Open AI’s ChatGPT, arguably one of the biggest technical advances since the internet, that gave the general public its first proper taste of artificial intelligence in practice.

Things are now moving fast. Intel has unveiled its new AI super-computer called Aurora and its capabilities are staggering. And we’re still just at the start of the AI revolution. No one knows how this is going to play out – and quite a few experts are genuinely worried about AI’s capabilities.

Is AI Going To Kill Us All?

Post COVID, nothing really surprises anyone. But ChatGPT has been a hugely disruptive technology that has sent shockwaves through nearly every facet of society – from the schools and colleges in education sector to billion-dollar tech companies.

Work first began on the idea of AI back in 1951 with an AI program developed by Christopher Strachey, who went on to become director of the Programming Research Group at the University of Oxford. Strachey’s checkers program ran on the Ferranti Mark I computer and could, just 12 months after its inception, play a full game of checkers.

Generative AI – Big Tech’s Next Meal Ticket…

Between now and then, things have progressed massively. Google has invested billions in AI and machine learning. Ditto Microsoft and Apple. Your smartphone leverages machine learning all the time for things like image processing. But this kind of AI is hidden, out of sight.

The new AI, the ChatGPT-type of generative AI, is very much in the public domain, in your face. Plenty of analysts believe AI will remove significant numbers of jobs from the market, disrupt how entire industries work and, in the end, rewrite the very fabric of reality.

But how true are these sentiments? Our “experts” often get things wrong. Even so, some of the brightest minds to ever walk the earth have thought long and hard about AI, its potential dangers, and its wider applications and, most importantly, how it will affect the world.

And, as you can see below, nearly all of them are very concerned about AI…

100 of The Greatest Quotes About AI

  1. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” – Stephen Hawking
  2. “AI is likely to either be the best or worst thing to happen to humanity.” – Elon Musk
  3. “Artificial intelligence will reach human levels by around 2029. Follow that out further to, say, 2045, we will have multiplied the intelligence, the human biological machine intelligence of our civilization a billion-fold.” – Ray Kurzweil
  4. “The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence.” – Stephen Hawking
  5. “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.” – Elon Musk
  6. “The key to artificial intelligence has always been the representation.” – Jeff Hawkins
  7. “The biggest risk we face as a civilization is artificial intelligence.” – Elon Musk
  8. “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that.” – Elon Musk
  9. “The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.” – Edsger Dijkstra
  10. “The danger of AI is much greater than the danger of nuclear warheads. By a lot.” – Elon Musk
  11. “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.” – Vladimir Putin
  12. “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.” – Elon Musk
  13. “Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver.” – Diane Ackerman
  14. “The misuse of AI could turn out to be the biggest risk we have ever faced.” – Max Tegmark
  15. “The real problem of humanity is the following: we have Paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.” – E.O. Wilson
  16. “The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.” – Jean Baudrillard
  17. “Artificial intelligence is a tool, not a threat.” – Rodney Brooks
  18. “The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.” – Erich Fromm
  19. “The question of whether machines can think is about as relevant as the question of whether submarines can swim.” – Sebastian Thrun
  20. “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.” – Sydney J. Harris
  21. “The danger from computers is not that they will eventually get as smart as men, but we will meanwhile agree to meet them halfway.” – Bernard Avishai
  22. “Artificial intelligence will never get jokes like humans do.” – Vinod Khosla
  23. “The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.” – Lord Acton
  24. “The danger is not that a machine will value human life less than we do but that it will value it more, in the wrong way.” – Eliezer Yudkowsky
  25. “The danger of artificial intelligence isn’t that it’s going to rebel against us, but that it’s going to do exactly what we ask it to do.” – Jaron Lanier
  26. “The danger of AI isn’t killer robots, it’s the lack of transparency in decision-making algorithms.” – Kate Crawford
  27. “The danger is not that AI will develop a will of its own, but that it will follow its programming too well.” – Nick Bostrom
  28. “The danger of AI lies not in its capability, but in our inability to govern it.” – Tim O’Reilly
  29. “The danger of AI is not in the intelligence, but in the artificiality.” – Kevin Kelly
  30. “The danger of AI is not that it will rise of machines, but the fall of humanity.” – Toby Walsh
  31. “The danger of AI is not that it will become conscious, but that it will act like it is.” – Stuart Russell
  32. “The danger of AI is not that it will take over the world, but that it might make us feel like we have.” – Sherry Turkle
  33. “The danger of AI is not that it will rebel against us, but that it will do exactly what we ask it to do.” – James Barrat
  34. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will trust it too much.” – Erik Brynjolfsson
  35. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too dependent.” – Andrew Ng
  36. “The danger of AI is not that it will become self-aware, but that it will obey our commands without question.” – Max Tegmark
  37. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too stupid.” – Yuval Noah Harari
  38. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too complacent.” – Sam Altman
  39. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Ben Goertzel
  40. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Demis Hassabis
  41. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Geoffrey Hinton
  42. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Fei-Fei Li
  43. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Ray Kurzweil
  44. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Elon Musk
  45. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Stephen Hawking
  46. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Bill Gates
  47. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  48. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Jeff Bezos
  49. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Tim Berners-Lee
  50. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous,51. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Larry Page
  51. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Sergey Brin
  52. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Satya Nadella
  53. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Jack Ma
  54. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Peter Thiel
  55. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Reid Hoffman
  56. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Marc Andreessen
  57. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Marissa Mayer
  58. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  59. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Susan Wojcicki
  60. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Ginni Rometty
  61. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Mary Barra
  62. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Meg Whitman
  63. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Indra Nooyi
  64. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Ursula Burns
  65. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Safra Catz
  66. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Virginia Rometty
  67. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Angela Ahrendts
  68. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Ruth Porat
  69. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Anne Wojcicki
  70. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Melinda Gates
  71. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Priscilla Chan
  72. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Laurene Powell Jobs
  73. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Susan Dell
  74. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – MacKenzie Bezos
  75. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Lucy Southworth77. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Talulah Riley
  76. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Justine Musk
  77. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Grimes
  78. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Wendi Deng Murdoch
  79. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Miranda Kerr
  80. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – Anne Wojcicki
  81. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Laurene Powell Jobs
  82. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too powerful, but that we will become too powerless.” – Lucy Southworth
  83. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too intelligent, but that we will become too ignorant.” – Susan Dell
  84. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too autonomous, but that we will become too dependent.” – MacKenzie Bezos
  85. “The danger of AI is not that it will become too smart, but that we will become too dumb.” – Talulah Riley

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