Author Fabio Evangelista DaSilva

terminatorOver the past several months, many of the world’s most famous scientists and engineers — including Stephen Hawking — have said that one of the biggest threats to humanity is an artificial superintelligence. But Linus Torvalds, the irascible creator of open source operating system Linux, says their fears are idiotic.

He also raised some good points, explaining that what we’re likely to see isn’t some destructive superintelligence like Skynet, but instead a series of “targeted AI” that do things like language translation or scheduling. Basically, these would just be “fancier” versions of apps like Google Now or Siri. They will not, however, be cybergods, or even human-equivalent forms of intelligence.

A Little More Elaborate

In an Q/A with Slashdot community members, Torvalds explained what he thinks will be the result of research into neural networks and AI:

We’ll get AI, and it will almost certainly be through something very much…

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