Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron says he believes the future “weaponization” of artificial intelligence is the “greatest danger”.
“I think the weaponization of AI is the biggest danger,” the “Titanic” director told Canadian CTV on Tuesday.
“I think we’re going to get into the equivalent of a nuclear arms race with AI, and if we don’t build it, the other guys are definitely going to build it, and then it’s going to get worse,” explained Cameron.
“You can imagine an AI in a theater of combat, the whole thing being fought by computers at a speed that humans can no longer intercede, and you have no ability to defuse,” he continued.
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Cameron, who directed and co-wrote the 1984 action movie “Terminator,” was asked about recent concerns raised by AI experts about his abilities.
Leaders in the field have backed the regulations, stressing the need to ensure artificial general intelligence benefits humanity in the long term.
“I absolutely share their concern,” 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 purpose is in operating in the field.
As for replacing writers and creators with AI, Cameron said he doesn’t think it will be an issue anytime soon because “it’s never a question of who wrote it, it’s is a question of whether it’s a good story?”
“I just don’t personally believe that a disembodied spirit that just regurgitates what other incarnated spirits have said — about the life they’ve had, about love, about lying, about fear, about mortality — and puts it all together in a salad of words and then regurgitates it…I don’t believe that has anything to move an audience,” he said.
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“Let’s wait 20 years, and if an AI wins the Best Screenplay Oscar, I think we have to take it seriously,” he said when asked if he was open to accepting an AI-produced screenplay.