Yoshua Bengio is worried that innovations in artificial intelligence that he helped pioneer could lead to a dark future, if "killer robots" get into the wrong hands.

But the soft-spoken, 55-year-old Canadian computer scientist, a recipient of this year's A.M. Turing Award — considered the Nobel Prize for computing — prefers to see the world though the idealism of Star Trek rather than the apocalyptic vision of The Terminator.

"In the Star Trek , there is a world in which humans are governed through democracy, everyone gets good health care, education and food, and there are no wars except