See Scientists are just as afraid of Smart Robots as I am!
July 27, 2009 § 1 Comment
I saw this article over at NYTimes.com and just knew that after my post about the iPhone taking over the world, I just had to post this. The is awesome because 1. it addresses what hundreds of Sci-Fi movies have be based on over the years and 2. it totally legitimizes my claim about the iPhone killing that poor dude that was working with the iPhone prototype!
A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself. Computer viruses that no one can stop. Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.
Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone.
Their concern is that further advances could create profound social disruptions and even have dangerous consequences.
As examples, the scientists pointed to a number of technologies as diverse as experimental medical systems that interact with patients to simulate empathy, and computer worms and viruses that defy extermination and could thus be said to have reached a “cockroach” stage of machine intelligence.
While the computer scientists agreed that we are a long way from Hal, the computer that took over the spaceship in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” they said there was legitimate concern that technological progress would transform the work force by destroying a widening range of jobs, as well as force humans to learn to live with machines that increasingly copy human behaviors.
Yeah so, see? I wasn’t too far off after all! Read the entire article @ NYTimes.com
Locking my blackberry in the safe at night now for fear it might kill me in my sleep,