What if machines learn to communicate with each other? What if they begin to establish their own objectives? What if they become so intelligent that they are making decisions beyond the capacity of the human mind? Those are some of the questions the 95-year-old Kissinger poses in a piece published by the Atlantic under the apocalyptic headline: 'How The Enlightenment Ends.' Kissinger's interest in artificial intelligence began when he learned about a computer program that had become an expert at Go -- a game more complicated than chess. The machine learned to master the game by training itself through practice; it learned from its mistakes, redefined its algorithms as it went along -- and became the literal definition of'practice makes perfect.'
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Henry Kissinger must be watching the latest season of "Westworld." The former U.S. secretary of state is warning against the threat of "unstable" artificial intelligence in a new essay in The Atlantic -- fearing the rapid rise of machines could lead to questions humanity is not ready to tackle. "What will become of human consciousness if its own explanatory power is surpassed by AI, and societies are no longer able to interpret the world they inhabit in terms that are meaningful to them?" asked Kissinger in the piece. Also Read: 'Silicon Valley' Fact Check: That'Digital Overlord' Thought Experiment Is Real and Horrifying Up to this point, humans are reported to have only reached "limited" AI, where machines have mastered chess and other complex games. The same machines would be useless if used to play Monopoly.