Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the human race.
The world-renowned physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past, believes we need to establish a way of identifying threats quickly, before they have a chance to escalate.
“Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” he told The Times.
“It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution.
Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war.
We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.”