The robots will rise and human mind will be overruled. The machines will assume the control of this global village and society will perish. For decades we have overheard these admonitions and reservations about artificial intelligence taking over and ending humankind.

This is the age of the machine. Machine has espoused a high priority in the modern era and has come to vanquish a place of utmost importance in the life of man. In all spheres of life, machines come to the aid of man. Right from the time of waking up in the morning to going to bed at night, man endures to make use of some machine or the other; from their morning alarm clock to their nightly use of their smart phones.

Machine-made articles are fairly cheaper than those of human handy-work. This is evident from the fact that the human hand requires plenty of time in preparing an article, machine, on the other hand, requires considerably less time.

Walk on treadmill has taken us away from the nature, trees, flowers and pure oxygen. Smart phones have destroyed the social fabric of our society. It has taken control of mind and soul. We have learnt quite well how to ignore the presence of important person sitting around us.

There are those who believe that AI will be a boom for humanity, improving health services and productivity as well as freeing us from mundane tasks.

However, the most vocal leaders in academia and industry are convinced that the danger of our own creations turning on us is real. For example, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has set up a billion-dollar non-profit company with contributions from tech titans, such as Amazon, to prevent an evil AI from bringing about the end of humanity. Universities, such as Berkeley, Oxford and Cambridge have established institutes to address the issue.

Luminaries like Bill Joy, Bill Gates and Ray Kurzweil have all raised the alarm.

Let us compare today, man versus machine. The best machine functions at 2,000,000 Hz while man's neurons reach only a paltry 200 Hz. The machine transmits signals at nearly the speed of light while man's signals are at a comparatively pathetic rate of 120m/s. This is only today.

At the pace technology is advancing, these figures may change in a month. Now imagine, a ten to thousand times better machine, with one crucial ability; the ability to think for itself. Would such a being be ready to submit itself as a mere slave to its inferior human?

This being is able to evolve itself by modifying its source code and effectively override any check that has been put to stop it. With a limitless intellect, it gains power every second. This machine has the potential to hack and nullify all of man's defenses (which are controlled by computers) while perhaps even using man's tools against him. Why would such a being bow down to a mere inferior?

Man, in its eyes would be a worthless competitor. Adopting the traditional cliché´: "upon the weak the strong will prey" it crushes man as effectively as a hammer crushes a nut. It is the end of man.

He is defenseless and man is finished by what he created. Stephen Hawking has warned that artificial intelligence could be the greatest disaster in human history if it is not properly managed.

He suggested there is no distinction between what could be attained by the biological brain and a computer, even arguing that computers can eclipse and outdo human intelligence.

He cited the creation of self-driving cars an advancement but called for more research to be done in the area of AI. Bearing this in mind, we as average citizens are forced to evaluate whether, for the sake of development, this is the lingering threat we really want introduced in our lives. Yes, every individual and society at large must compromise and adapt with changing times, but we feel this might border on being too great a compromise for humankind. We must not forget in our global atmosphere we are still fighting for the world to properly understand and give rights to minority races, religions, women, etc. and this atmosphere we would have to begin another fight; for robot rights versus mankind. This is a point we are certainly not ready to arrive upon yet, or in the near future.

Hawking has spoken out about AI on a number of occasions and previously said AI could spell the end of the human race. We only hope that the best human minds of our age begin to focus most of their energy and attention on the risk rather than the rush of advancement.

The writer is a student of A levels at Aitchison College