Are we safe from self-aware robots?

End-of-mankind predictions about artificial intelligence, which have issued from some of today’s most impressive human intellects, including Stephen HawkingElon Musk, Bill GatesSteve Wozniak and other notables, have generally sounded overly alarmist to me, exhibiting a bit more fear-of-the-unknown than I would have expected from such eminences, especially the scientists. But that was before I saw reports on the self-aware robot.

The reports, such as this one from New Scientist, tell of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. A robot was able to figure out a complex puzzle that required it to recognize its own voice and to extrapolate the implications of that realization. Shorthand version: Three robots were told that two of them had been silenced and they needed to determine which one had not been. All three robots tried saying “I don’t know,” but only one could vocalize. Once that robot heard the sound of its own voice saying, “I don’t know,” it changed its answer and said that it was the one robot that had not been silenced.

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The only person listed that I have any respect for intellectually is Woz.
    And that puzzle is not that complex.
    It’s a state machine.

    • A State Machine? Well that’s still pretty good for a bureaucrat.)

    • DD_Austin

      Same hullabaloo when “Big Blue” played chess
      It’s all bullshit, they could have done the same “feat” in 1930
      In fact 1930s robots were far better. than today
      They could pick up hot chicks
      Beat that micro-wits

  • Dana Garcia

    I can’t get all wound up about AI taking over, which won’t happen any time soon. However we should all be concerned about humans being made largely obsolete as workers by robots. How will the jobless future economy work?

    • luna

      According to Raymond Kurzweil (author singularity) AI technology will develop exponentially. Meaning the state of the art could “double” in some sense, like complexity periodically, say every five years. The point being that the progress will appear very slow for decades, then suddenly it will match our abilities before leaping past traditional humans.

      • That I can see.

      • mobuyus

        Just like Duck Weed on the pond.

    • mobuyus

      According to justin it will grow from the heart or something.

  • David Murrell

    Notice that it is the liberals who are pushing self-aware robots. “Human righs” groups are already pushing “human rights” for robots. And Steven Speilberg’s excerable AI movie fully supported robot “rights” — to the point where all of humanity disappeared from Earth.

    • mobuyus

      The liberals will demand gay and transgendered Sex Robots.

  • Tom Forsythe

    I thought this was going to be an article about the NDP. My mistake.

  • Clausewitz

    The Robots have more of a chance to become self aware more so than most Progressive voters.

  • eMan14

    Aware or not, they’ll still be used as sex slaves.

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  • CoolTolerance

    I just loved this article. Orwell’s 1984 coming to life. When all is said and done, what is made by man can be unmade by man, I HOPE!