APPLE CO-FOUNDER Steve Wozniak has echoed comments from Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk with his claims that "computers are going to take over from humans" making the future is a scary prospect.
Woz made known his feelings on artificial intelligence (AI) during an interview with the Australian Financial Review, and agrees with Hawking and Musk that its potential to surpass humans is worrying.
"Computers are going to take over from humans, no question. Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people," he said.
"If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they'll think faster than us and they'll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.
"Will we be the gods? Will we be the family pets? Or will we be ants that get stepped on? I don't know … But when I got that thinking in my head about if I'm going to be treated in the future as a pet to these smart machines … well, I'm going to treat my own pet dog really nice."
This is fast becoming a shared view among the technologically-minded. Bill Gates recently warned of the dangers of rogue AI, and the head of IT at John Lewis told us that a merger of AI and the Internet of Things could signal the end of civilisation.
Woz also spoke about Apple's rumoured driverless car plans after claims that the firm is poaching experts in the field to begin work on an autonomous vehicle.
Woz said that the speculation could be on the money, and that he hopes Apple will make a move in the market to challenge the likes of Tesla.
"I don't know if Apple's doing that, or if they're just working on their CarPlay apps for the dashboard of your car, but it seems like they might be hiring a lot of people who could really build a vehicle," he said.
"There are an awful lot of companies right now who are playing with electric cars and there's a lot more playing with self-driving cars. This is the future and it might be huge … There are so many openings here and it is perfect territory for a company like Apple."
Woz obviously hopes that Apple makes a play for the autonomous vehicle market, but isn't too fussed about the Apple Watch. He criticised the price of Apple's most expensive model, which will cost up to £13,500 in the UK.
"If you buy the really high-priced ones, the jewellery ones, you're not buying a smartwatch that has a bunch of apps … Like a Rolex watch, you're buying it for prestige and a label and a symbol of who you are," he said.
"The fact is that the difference between a $10,000 watch and a $17,000 watch is only the band and, for an engineer like me, I don't live in that world. That's not my world.
"I'm just not going to buy it for jewellery's sake until I know it's something I'm going to want around me and on me and use every single day continually as a permanent part of my life. Then maybe I'd consider looking into getting the nicer jewellery version." µ
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