By METRO REPORTER - 26 November, 2012

'Terminator centre' at Cambridge University to save us all from robots

The Terminator warned: 'I'll be back!' But researchers at Cambridge University plan to be ready for him, as it opens a centre for 'Terminator studies' to combat the threats to humanity by killer robots.

terminator The new centre will help protect humanity against any eventual rise of killer robots (Picture: File)

It will look at the four greatest threats to humans – artificial intelligence, climate change, nuclear war and rogue biotechnology.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator movies showed a world where ultra-intelligent machines drive humanity to near extinction.

The project – known as the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk – is being co-launched by Lord Rees, who warned humanity could wipe itself out by 2100 in his book Our Final Century. He will work with philosophy professor Huw Price and Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn.

Prof Price said: 'We have machines that have trumped human performance in chess, flying, driving, financial trading and face, speech and handwriting recognition.

'The concern is that by creating artificially intelligent machines we risk yielding control over the planet to intelligences that are indifferent to us and to the things we consider valuable.'

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  • Photo of GrantGoel
    3:38 PM on 11/26/2012

    i was going to apply to this course but my daughter came back from the future and told me they were all killed in the first attacks. It's not a good idea to put all the savoirs of mankind in one indefencably building.

  • Photo of DavidDaulby
    3:09 PM on 11/26/2012

    its about time some one has taken this risk as a real possibility as i would not like to be enslaved by the things we create