Remember that movie in which Will Smith is investigating a murder committed by a robot but ends up fighting an army of them(I, Robot)? Or the most recent one in which android is hell bent on wiping out the entire human race? (Avengers: Age of Ultron). Well, it seems that the ground work such terrifying event is being laid down unknowingly as we speak.
There were two reported incidents in the past one year: the first in Germany, where a robot crushed a man to death against a metal plate (Fact Source) and the second one in India itself, where a machine pierced through the abdomen of a 24 year old worker at a factory in Gurgaon, killing him instantly. (Fact Source)
Sounds scary? Well, you’re not alone. Prominent personalities from the field of science and technology share similar concern. Stephen Hawking, an eminent physicist, wrote in an op-ed which appeared in The Independent in 2014 “Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history, Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. In the near term, world militaries are considering autonomous-weapon systems that can choose and eliminate targets.”
Whereas Elon Musk, the genius billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Tesla Motors called Artificial Intelligence (AI) “our greatest existential threat” in his interview with MIT students at the AeroAstro Centennial Symposium in 2014.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has his own doubts about AI. During a Reddit Q & A he said, “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.” (Fact Source)
For the tough of heart, who believe these concerns to be mere paranoia, I suggest you watch the following 3-minute video in which the interviewer asks the robot “Will robots take over the world?” It’s (Initially I wrote “His”) answer will definitely stump you.
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