Jan 30, 2014

Mass unemployment fears over Google artificial intelligence plans

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By Miranda Prynne, — The Telegraph

Exhibitors of the Google company work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany

The development of artificial intelligence — thrown into spotlight this week after Google spent hundreds of millions on new technology — could mean computers take over human jobs at a faster rate than new roles can be created, experts have warned Artificial intelligence could lead to mass unemployment if computers develop the capacity to take over human work, experts warned days after it emerged that Google had beat competitors to buy a firm specialising in this kind of technology.

Dr Stuart Armstrong, from the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, gave the stark warning after it emerged that Google had paid £400m for the British artificial intelligence firm DeepMind.

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