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‘Terminator center’ to open at Cambridge University | Fox News

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Cambridge University is to open a center for “Terminator studies” where top scientists will study threats posed to humanity by robots.

The Center for the Study of Existential Risk is being co-launched by astronomer royal Lord Rees, one of the world’s leading cosmologists. It will probe the “four greatest threats” to the human species, given as: artificial intelligence, climate change, nuclear war and rogue biotechnology.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic “Terminator” films famously showed a world where ultra-intelligent machines fight against humanity in the form of the genocidal Skynet system.

The Cambridge center is intended to bring together academics from various disciplines including philosophy, astronomy, biology, robotics, neuroscience and economics.

Lord Rees, who has warned that humanity could wipe itself out by 2100, is launching the center alongside Cambridge philosophy professor Huw Price, and Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn.

via ‘Terminator center’ to open at Cambridge University | Fox News.

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Written by edparnell

November 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Posted in Awesome, Science

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