The University of Cambridge is starting a new center that will study the risks of existential threats to humans. This includes artificial intelligence (A.I.) in robots and computer games, developments in biotechnology and artificial life, nanotechnology, and climate change. It is referred to as the Center for the Study of Existential Risk, or CSER.
The official website states, “Our aim is to establish within the University of Cambridge a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks of this kind. We are convinced that there is nowhere on the planet better suited to house such a centre. Our goal is to steer a small fraction of Cambridge's great intellectual resources, and of the reputation built on its past and present scientific pre-eminence, to the task of ensuring that our own species has a long-term future.”
Let me put that into terms that are much more understandable. To prevent an artificial intelligence (such as Skynet in the Terminator movies) from taking over the world, we need the Center for the Study of Existential Risk.
So before you forget that the AI on video games such as James Bond are harmless, be wary that some madman could easily put such software into a robot, as the hardware gets more advanced and more easily accessible. It's called advances in technology.
Then the human race is in real trouble, because the only way to stop an intelligent supercomputer is with an electromagnetic pulse that will fry all circuit boards in intelligent devices with the capability to exterminate the human race.
It may be time to get out the movie, I, Robot (2004) and watch it again, because let's face it - robots are getting smarter. It is only a matter of time before they send Terminator models from the future in search of John Connor.