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BERLIN, GERMANY, September 1, 2001: Famed British physicist Stephen Hawking says if humans hope to compete with the rising tide of artificial intelligence, they'll have to improve through genetic engineering. Hawking said science could increase the complexity of DNA and "improve" human beings. He conceded that it would be a long process, "but we should follow this road if we want biological systems to remain superior to electronic ones. In contrast with our intellect, computers double their performance every 18 months," he added. "So the danger is real that they could develop intelligence and take over the world."