Developing robots that can think for themselves. You all know the general myth that’s recycled in films, that one day the machines we created to serve us will instead turn on us and we’d be powerless to stop them. Surely, even though the events are all fictional, there must be some truth in that. Why would something so much more powerful than us want to remain in servitude? Well, they wouldn’t and this should be a lesson observed by all. Robots are not the future and robots are not needed, this I firmly believe.
Yet the cleverest of idiots are devoting their time to creating robots that can think for themselves, they can watch what a human does and copy it. This strikes of everything that these sci-fi films start off with. So why, when it the danger is conceivable (at least it is to me), are people creating these robots.
Personally I think it’s because the human race is getting more lazy. I mean stuff like a toaster and an oven is fine, it would be too much hassle to squat beside a campfire all day to cook off food, but the iRobot which hoovers by itself, smartphones which combine everything and aims to make everything easier. Bit by bit ease is being introduced to every nook and cranny of our culture, desire is outweighing need.
So in this more recent wave of laziness 900 or so scientists have banded together to create the perfect AI, they focus on everything from perceiving the shape of objects to the algorithms the iCub (the robot they are creating) uses to explore the world surrounding it.
Personally I find the vacant look it has sort disturbing, even it does look a little bit like Caspar the Friendly Ghost. I have no idea if I’m the only one who gets a bit creeped out by the development of AI so there’s a good chance I might just be coming across as a little bit crazy, so what do you think?