Prince Charles criticized society's dependence on robots and artificial intelligence, warning that people could be taking the trend too far, according to a report this week.
The remarks came during an interview with GQ, which presented the 69-year-old with the Editor's Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Philanthropy at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018.
The topic was raised as Charles spoke to GQ editor Dylan Jones about humanity's exploitation of the natural world.
Charles noted the importance of working in tune with nature and not against it.
"My problem is I find there are too many things that need doing or battling on behalf of, just the number of things that are under threat all the time as a result of some fashion or other," he said.
Charles explained it was more important to maintain what is essential to human life, which sparked a discussion about AI.
"The thing I find hardest now is to cope with this extraordinary trend that somehow we must become part human, part machine, which I totally and utterly object to," Charles told GQ. "It is crazy to go that far because I think, ironically, the more AI and robotics they want to introduce, the more people will rediscover the importance of the traditional crafts, the directly human things that are crafted by humans and not by machines."
Charles is not the only one to express concerns over the increasing use of AI and robotics in society.
Rashid Rahim, an advisor on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights who works with Amnesty International recently said that autonomous weapon systems that are powered by AI have the capability to kill and wreak havoc across the world, International Business Times noted.
Elon Musk has repeatedly warned of the dangers of AI, claiming it is probably the "scariest problem" facing human civilization.
"AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not. They were harmful to certain individuals within society but not to society as whole," he said last year.
Musk reiterated his point earlier this year, when he claimed "the danger of AI is much greater than the danger of nuclear warheads," CNBC noted.
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