April 14, 2024

Robots that can kill off mankind may already have taken over the world, according to the creator of The Terminator.

Movie director James Cameron questioned if humans want to end up fighting a war with “someone smarter than ourselves”.

The Oscar-winner, who also directed Aliens, Avatar and The Abyss, said AI could already have taken over the world and it may be too late to stop it.

In his Terminator movie series the Skynet computer network – designed originally as a defence system – turns on its human masters leading to a futuristic war between robots and humankind.

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Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a killer cyborg, the classic films are seen as a cautionary tale about the potential dangers of technology.

In recent months the launch of advanced software such as ChatGPT has sparked similar fears about the unpredictable power of what Silicon Valley engineers have unleashed.

Cameron, 68, told the SmartLess podcast he was worried about the real life threat posed by artificial intelligence.

“I’m not afraid but I’m pretty concerned about the potential of misuse of AI,” he said. “I think AI can be pretty great. I think it could also literally be the end of the world,” he said.

“You talk to all the AI scientists and every time I put my hand up at one of their seminars they start laughing. The point is that no technology has ever not been weaponised.

“And do we really want to be fighting something smarter than us that isn’t us? On our own world? I don’t think so.

“AI could have taken over the world and already be manipulating it but we just don’t know because it would have total control over all the media and everything. What better explanation is there for how absurd everything is right now?

“Nothing makes better sense to me,” he added.

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot launched by US research lab OpenAI four months ago.

Its core function is to mimic human conversation.

But it can also write and debug computer programs, compose music, screenplays, fairytales, student essays, answer test questions better than the average human, write poetry and song lyrics and play games.

It has been accused of political bias and discriminatory behaviour.

In December IT jailbreakers bypassed its content controls to trick it into giving instructions on how to create a Molotov cocktail and nuclear bomb and argue like a neo-Nazi.