Probably most people have seen Terminator, and are aware of the idea of machines becoming intelligent enough to outsmart the human race, and then decide that it would be a better world without the humans, and so decide to get rid of them.
Recently some very smart humans have been issuing serious warnings about our future robot masters and killers. In October, Elon Musk, the billionaire investor, inventor and founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, told a group of MIT students to be on the alert:
“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence,” he said. “If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful. I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.”
Musk added that “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.”
As if Musk’s comments weren’t dire enough, none other than one of the world’s resident geniuses, Stephen Hawking, made it clear to the BBC this week: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
So with this in mind, the FastCoLabs crew put together a lad named John Connor, Siri (Apple’s natural language personal assistant on the iPhone) and Mitsuku chatbot (winner of the 2013 Loebner AI Competition), and asked them what they thought. Throw an interview with a leading roboticist into the mix, and you have a totally fascinating article which you can read here.