Chess legend Kasparov warns humans bigger threat than AI
The real danger comes from people — because people still have a monopoly on evil.”
LISBON Nov 06,2021
Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov was beaten by a supercomputer — but when it comes to artificial intelligence, he is firmly convinced that it’s the humans who pose the real threat.
Kasparov has remained fascinated by technology since his famous matches against IBM s Deep Blue computer in the 1990s.
International media reported, when he wasn’t busy taking on 10 simultaneous chess opponents at Lisbon s Web Summit this week — handily beating them all in 45 minutes — he spoke to AFP about AI s growing role in society.
“We live in a world where machines are playing bigger and bigger roles. Whether you like it or not, it’s happening,” he said.
“There is simply no evidence that machines are threatening us. The real danger comes not from killer robots but from people — because people still have a monopoly on evil.”
The true threat, he says, comes from “the dictatorial, totalitarian countries and the terrorists who will use this technology to harm us”.
While Terminator-style robo-assassins remain the stuff of science fiction, human rights groups are already pushing for international laws to restrict the use of so-called “killer robots”, predicting that AI will transform warfare in the years to come.
At the Web Summit, meanwhile, tech gurus have spent the week discussing more positive potential applications of AI, from intelligent chatbots that boost our mental health to sorting plastic waste.
– It will be painful –
Kasparov as a techno-optimist, said “Humanity always wins with more technology brought in.”
He pointed to the speed at which vaccines were developed in response to Covid-19, a lightning effort compared to work fighting earlier diseases, as something that made him hopeful about the power of innovation.
But he called for better regulation worldwide to help limit the negative impact of social media and other evolving technologies.
“What I want is a good public debate that will end up with recommendations to the governmen