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AI does not pose threat to humans, says Microsoft research chief

  • Eric Horvitz, the research head of Microsoft, believes that Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems may achieve consciousness, but they are unlikely to pose a threat to humans, according to media reports. However, Prof Stephen Hawking said in a statement that the invention of such machines may "spell the end of the human race."

    Regarding concerns that we could “lose control of certain kinds of intelligences," Horvitz, who leads a team of some 1,000 researchers and engineers, said he “fundamentally [didn’t] think that's going to happen.”

    His team’s work led to the development of the voice-controlled assistant Cortana on the Windows Phone.  

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