Robots Will Overtake People Within 25 Years, Astronomer Royal Warns

Rob Waugh

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Terminator

 

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It’s the sort of chilling warning one expects from Hollywood science fiction - but the Astronomer Royal has said that the ‘post-human’ era could start to dawn within 25 years.

 

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Mankind could be overtaken by robots and artificially intelligent computers, as technology overcomes the built-in limitations of biological brains, Sir Martin Rees warned.

 

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Sir Martin said that according to some estimates, the process will begin in just 25 years’ time, leading to an ‘inorganic, post-human era.’

 

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‘There are chemical and metabolic limits to the size and processing power of organic brains,' Sir Martin wrote in The Telegraph.

 

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'In the far future, it won't be the minds of humans, but those of machines, that will most fully understand the cosmos.’