The problem is that you only have to remember specific information to pass a certification.
For the most part your right. 99% of certifications are useless and I ignore them when trying to hire someone. However, I kind of like the Cisco certifications (the advanced ones anyway), where you are asked to build and configure something in a lab, then they come in and screw with it, and you have to figure out what is wrong and fix it. Being able to fix something that is broken demonstrates a deeper understanding than mere memorization of facts.
Also, having worn glasses for so long I've gotten used to the built in "objects flying at my eye" protection they offer.
You can still wear glasses. You'll just be doing it ironically.
IPv6 addresses are so long that you can't remember them long enough to read the address from one machine and type it into another.
This problem was solved waaaay back in 1996 by the IETF in RFC 1924 [ietf.org].
It was actually solved back in 1983 by RFC 882.
That's what I was just coming here to say: robots and AI doesn't have to be evil as long as the people controlling the string are.
I think the point is that if AI is involved then the machine is stringless. It doesn't sound like Hawking is saying don't do it. He says understand the risks beforehand. i.e. instead of after it is a problem. That sounds prudent, not fear mongering.
In addition, I don't see what transcendence has to do with AI. A human consciousness in a computer is still a human consciousness. It seems that we are mostly worried about AI because it lacks humanity. So in transcendence we are just dealing with more sophisticated humans against less sophisticated. This is a problem humanity has faced since the invention of tools. People being dominated by other people.
Everyone knows you can only keep a wormhole open for 38 minutes.
Except when it is connected to a black hole.
What if my autonomous car decides that the action to take that is likely to cause the least harm is to kill the driver?
That would violate the first rule of robotics.
s/telnet/ssh/ I prefer my critical infrastructure management to be somewhat secure.
It could be kerberized telnet.