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The Robots Are Coming - Humans Must Be Redesigned, Top Scientist Warns

Sunday, 02 September 2001 12:00 AM

That's the stern warning from world renowned scientist and writer Stephen Hawking, who says the danger of a computer take-over is real.

In an interview with Focus, a German magazine, Hawking said 'computers double their performance every month'. Humans, in contrast, are developing much more slowly, and so must change their DNA make-up or be left behind. 'The danger is real,' he said, 'that this [computer] intelligence will develop and take over the world.'

The author of the best-selling A Brief History Of Time and a professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, recommended 'well-aimed manipulation' of human genes which would allow humanity to 'raise the complexity of... the DNA [they are born with], thereby improving people'. He admitted, however, that the road to genetic modification would be a long one but added: 'We should follow this road if we want biological systems to remain superior to electronic ones.'

Hawkings also supported the idea of so-called cyber-technology - creating direct links between human brains and computers. 'We must develop as quickly as possible technologies that make possible a direct connection between brain and computer, so that artificial brains contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it.'

Sue Mayer, director of the policy research group Genewatch told Britain's Observer: 'He is trying to take the debate about genetic engineering in the wrong direction,' she said. 'It is naive to think that genetic engineering will help us stay ahead of computers.'

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