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James Cameron had warned us about the Titan sub. This time, he’s warning us about AI. Maybe we should listen to him?

Canadian Director James Cameron had warned us about OceanGate’s Titan sub, and we know how that went – this time, he’s warning us about AI. Should we listen to him?

Cameron has been giving his insight on the rise of artificial intelligence and its potential threats to the future of humanity.

“I warned you guys in 1984, and you didn’t listen,” Cameron said in an interview with CTV news.

The director is referencing his 1984 science fiction film “Terminator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which is about a cyborg assassin and an AI defense network that became sentient.

Terminator (1984)

Cameron also mentioned the importance of evaluating the developers of the said technology, whether it’ll be used for profit or for greed – which he called “teaching greed” and “teaching paranoia,” respectively.

“I think the weaponization of AI is the biggest danger,” he said. “I think that we will get into the equivalent of a nuclear arms race with AI, and if we don’t build it, the other guys are for sure going to build it, and so then it’ll escalate.”

The Grammy-winning director also talked about AI’s imposing fight with the human workforce’s capability compared to AI.

“You could imagine an AI in a combat theatre, the whole thing just being fought by the computers at a speed humans can no longer intercede, and you have no ability to deescalate.”

However, he believed that AI couldn’t replace writers anytime soon, “I just don’t personally believe that a disembodied mind that’s just regurgitating what other embodied minds have said — about the life that they’ve had, about love, about lying, about fear, about mortality — and just put it all together into a word salad and then regurgitate it. I don’t believe that have something that’s going to move an audience,” he said.

Cameron continued, “Let’s wait 20 years, and if an AI wins an Oscar for Best Screenplay, I think we’ve got to take them seriously.”


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