Pearson, Jordan. "Superintelligent AI Could Wipe Out Humanity, if We're Not Ready for It." Motherboard. Vice Media Inc., 23 Apr. 2014. Web. 4 May 2014.
Pearson’s article discusses the notion of the probable threat of computer intelligence replacing human civilization. Pearson summarizes the arguments of the proponents of this view, such as Daniel Dewey, Stephen Hawking, who believe that, regardless of the validity of this theory, humans should be prepared to the dangers that fast technological advances may present. The opponents of this theory, such as Noam Chomsky and Jose van Dijck, claim that the computer intelligence can never achieve the abilities of the human brain.
The findings in the article are relevant to supporting the main thesis of the essay. More specifically, the essay refers to the studies of Future of Humanities Institute that suggest that machine intelligence can replace humans due to the fast and uncontrolled advances in the computer AI field. These advances may result in human extinction by “side-effect,” which might happen if computer intelligence decides that it would be better to take over resources that are necessary for human, or simply removing humans from the picture, if it decides that humankind poses a threat to its task completion. The essay also uses the counterarguments to the proposed scenario. The main counterargument presented is that the notion of computer intelligence replacing humans is very unlikely since the progress in the field of AI has come nowhere near to creating machines capable of matching humans. However, the main idea drawn from this article is that the artificial intelligence possesses huge potential of changing the world in some way. Thus, it depends upon humans’ ability to assess the risks and act appropriately in order to make themselves safe.