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BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Scientists at Cambridge University are trying to prevent a technological takeover. We’re not talking about your innocuous iPhone addiction here — but so-called “terminators.” I’ll be back after this spoiler from a Sky News commentator.

“ … financial software could bring the earth down, which I found rather dense. I was expecting robots marching through the streets, but no it’s going to be software.”

Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is also being called the “center for Terminator studies.” It will look at what organizers call the four greatest threats to humanity:

- artificial intelligence
- climate change
- nuclear war
and
- rogue biotechnology

The center is being co-launched by Lord Rees, Britain’s Astronomer Royal. The Economic Times writes …

“Rees’s 2003 book ‘Our Final Century’ had warned that the destructiveness of humanity meant that the species could wipe itself out by 2100.”

According to The Sun, the project pulls academics from across several disciplines, including philosophy, astronomy, biology, robotics, neuroscience and economics.”

A report from The Daily Mail says scientists suggest existing technologies already have the potential to threaten human existence.

'Terminator' Studies Center Launched at Cambridge

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Nov 26, 2012

'Terminator' Studies Center Launched at Cambridge

(Image source: SlashGear)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Scientists at Cambridge University are trying to prevent a technological takeover. We’re not talking about your innocuous iPhone addiction here — but so-called “terminators.” I’ll be back after this spoiler from a Sky News commentator.

“ … financial software could bring the earth down, which I found rather dense. I was expecting robots marching through the streets, but no it’s going to be software.”

Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is also being called the “center for Terminator studies.” It will look at what organizers call the four greatest threats to humanity:

- artificial intelligence
- climate change
- nuclear war
and
- rogue biotechnology

The center is being co-launched by Lord Rees, Britain’s Astronomer Royal. The Economic Times writes …

“Rees’s 2003 book ‘Our Final Century’ had warned that the destructiveness of humanity meant that the species could wipe itself out by 2100.”

According to The Sun, the project pulls academics from across several disciplines, including philosophy, astronomy, biology, robotics, neuroscience and economics.”

A report from The Daily Mail says scientists suggest existing technologies already have the potential to threaten human existence.

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