Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron has said he sees the “weaponization” of artificial intelligence as the “biggest danger” of the future.
“I think the weaponization of artificial intelligence is the biggest danger,” the “Titanic” director told Canadian television on Tuesday.
Cameron explained: “I think we’re going to enter the equivalent of a nuclear arms race with artificial intelligence, and if we don’t build it, someone else will build it, and then it will upgrade.”
“You can imagine an artificial intelligence in a war zone, and the whole thing is just a computer fighting at a speed that a human can no longer mediate, and you don’t have the ability to degrade,” he continued.
Cameron, the director and co-writer of the 1984 action film “Terminator,” was asked about recent concerns raised by artificial intelligence experts about its capabilities.
Leaders in the field support regulation, emphasizing the need to ensure the long-term benefits of AGI.
“I absolutely agree with their concerns,” Cameron told the station.
“I warned you in 1984 and you didn’t listen,” he said.
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The Hollywood giant also noted that it is important to assess who is developing the technology and what their goals are for operating in the space.
On AI replacing writers and creators, Cameron said he didn’t think it would become an issue anytime soon because “it’s never a question of who wrote it, but is it a good story?”
“I don’t personally think that a disembodied mind is just repeating what other physical minds have said—about their lives, about love, about lies, about fear, about death—and then put it all together and repeat it … I don’t believe that anything moves the audience,” he said.
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Asked if he would accept scripts produced by AI, he said: “Let’s wait 20 years and if AI wins the Best Screenplay Oscar, I think we have to take them seriously.”