The Rise of Artificial Intelligence Robots
What do you think will be the impact of artificial intelligence robots in our daily lives? Will artificial intelligence ever become advanced enough to take over the world? We’ve seen this concept in many movies – when humans create a piece of technology that’s just a little too intelligent and independent that we can no longer control them. This scenario of machines and Artificial Intelligence taking over the world may seem far-fetched and the premise of a satirical sci-fi movie, the ever-growing rate at which technological innovations and breakthroughs are occurring should encourage us to consider the possibility that our reliance on AI may prove to be our undoing as a civilization sooner or later.
If robots did take over the world, it wouldn’t happen overnight, rather, gradually shaping and changing the role that it played in our lives, slowly but significantly changing the way we interacted with our world. Sound familiar?
Stephen Hawking once said, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate.”
Humans, who are totally limited by slow pace of biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the most advanced pieces of AI that currently exist, and how this technology could change our world in the very near future.
The word “robot” was first popularized by Karel Čapek, a famous Czech sci-fi writer from the early 20th century. Since then, we’ve been constantly pushing the boundaries of what machines are capable of.
But the professor of computer sciences and integrative biology, and engineering at Michigan States University, Arend hintz, said that the rise of AI truly began in the 1990s, in the form of the IBM chess-playing computer, Deep Blue, that managed to beat Garry Kasparov, the world chess champion at the time. But at its core, this machine was still pretty basic. Flash forward 20 years, and now we have the humanoid robot, known as Sophia, that can not only hold conversations, possess facial expressions and recognize individuals, but has actually gained citizenship in Saudi Arabia.
ASIMO or Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility
One of the most advanced robots is ASIMO (or Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), created by Honda in the year 2000. This bipedal humanoid artificial intelligence robot can recognize moving objects, distinguish sounds, respond to questions, and travel autonomously. Part of what makes us human is our ability to form memories, learn from experiences, and adapt our behaviors based that. This is basically what modern AI aims to do. One application would be self-driving cars that are able to gather and interpret information from observing other cars on the street.
In this new age of artificial intelligence robots, experts and researchers are trying to integrate something called the ‘theory of mind’ into machines, so that they not only form representations of the world, but can recognize beliefs and emotions in other entities, allowing them to predict behaviour. So, where are we at now? In May of 2017, Google announced the AutoML project, which involves AI designed to create other artificial intelligence robots, possibly even more efficiently than human engineers. Wait…robots that can create more of themselves? Now that does sound like a sci-fi novel. But, could a robot takeover really happen? While fantasies of being wiped out by androids may be something plaguing our imaginations, there are some other hurdles to overcome before any Hollywood-type scenario ever occurred.
The Biggest Worries About Artificial Intelligence Robots
One of our biggest worries is that robots may eventually render human labour obsolete. In 2015, when news emerged that about 15 million jobs in the United Kingdom would be automated within a couple of decades, people were at a panic, fearing the loss of their jobs. However, some are more optimistic, and believe that we just need to change our relationship with AI and make use of our resources in the best way possible.
Mikhail Naumov, co-founder and Chief Strategy officer of DigitalGenius believes that artificial intelligence robots are best used when teamed up with people. He says that AI is simply a tool for the customer service reps, similar to how an accountant uses a calculator or a banker uses a spreadsheet. But for many of us technology has already changed from something that is “nice to have” to something that we fully depend on to survive.
Another common worry is that without fully understanding how machine learning occurs. This is referred to as the “black box” of artificial intelligence robots, where the algorithms are so complicated that even experts can’t seem to figure out what’s happening after the information goes in. Without truly knowing what’s going on and how robots learn from new information, some fear that, one day, technology might just slip out of our control. It’s true that technological advancement has brought many benefits to our lives, but with the amount of power that it holds, we must at least note the importance of AI safety and research.
Elon Musk, founder of companies like SpaceX and Tesla, is a well-known advocate for the regulation of artificial intelligence robots, claiming that it is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization and that governments need to have a better understanding of this technology in order to fully comprehend the damage that it could do. So, what do you think? Is this something that we should be concerned about? Or should we just embrace the convenience and advancement that AI brings to us?
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