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Artificial intelligence has potential to shape fate of humanity, says Nick Bostrom

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? Nick Bostrom says we better think long and hard about that now, before a new era of super intelligent machines rise up.
Nick Bostrom is the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford England, an institution dedicated to making sure we get it right when it comes to creating super intelligent computers. (

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It's predicted that sometime in the next 25 years, artificial intelligence machines will match - and in some ways - surpass human intelligence. The potential ripple effects of that are staggering.

Corporations and governments are now spending billions of dollars on developing bigger and smarter A.I. technology. Their goal is to create machines that think for themselves. But some warn it could go terribly wrong, and the warning is being sounded by the likes of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking.

I think the developmentof full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and it would redesign itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans who are slowed by slow biological evolution couldn't compete and would be superceded.- Physicist Stephen Hawking

Philosopher and technologist Nick Bostrom is one of the world's big thinkers on artificial intelligence or A.I. He's the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford university and says, A.I. has the potential to shape the fate of humanity.

Bostrom says the real challenge is to create super intelligent computers that will benefit us as a species and not turn against us. It would require all nations of the world to be on the same page. Not an easy feat. The invention could produce a future shaped by the preference's of A.I., generating all new ideas in the world. The possibilities are endless.

But that doesn't mean it's not critical to put ethical and moral parameters in place.

Nick Bostrom explains the positive and negative implications of a future with artificial intelligence in conversation with The Current host Anna Maria Tremonti from Oxford, England.

This segment was produced by Calgary Network Producer, Michael O'Halloran.