‘Time traveller’ who gets drunk to predict the future says AI could kill us all

A time traveller who has previously been bang on the money with his predictions says there's no good outcome from building AI.

Drew Curtis, founder of news site Fark, is known for a viral tweet he posted in 2015 when he said: "I'm a time traveller from 2020. Enjoy 2016 – it's as good as it gets for a while."

Although he says the prediction was a 'complete accident', he retweeted the post in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting he wasn't far off the mark five years prior.

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Now Curtis has said that AI isn't going to lead anywhere good for humanity and that it could kill us all.

When asked about the state of AI technology in 2023, Curtis said it will be "about the same as it is right now—creepy, disconcerting, and not ready for prime time."

"For the life of me, I cannot figure out why we're trying to build one. The best case scenario would be the emergence of a new terrible ethical dilemma.

"Worst case scenario it kills us all. There's no win."

Curtis also said that his predictions are helped by a few drinks. He said: "Every once in a while, and I haven't done this in a couple of months, I'll get really drunk, and then I'll be like, 'okay, let's go. Who wants to hear time travel questions?"

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Curtis isn't the only time traveller out there to make terrifying predictions about the 2020s. Self-proclaimed time traveller Al Bielek said he was transported to the year 2025, in which an apocalyptic nuclear war begins.

Bielek said he was part of a series of top secret tests during the Second World War to create a time travel machine. He said he also visited the year 2137 where he saw flying megacities and futuristic technology. Bielek died in 2011 after living an 'elusive' existence.


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