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Some of the best minds of the day are scared, very scared, for our future. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Michio Kaku imagine a world where AI can gain self-consciousness and therefore a sense of self-protection that supersedes human subordination. At that point, they imagine robots, powered on the incredible powers of AI, becoming just a bit unruly and wreaking havoc all over human creation.
According to the movies, that sounds about right, but the actual history of robots, which begins as early as the 10th c. B.C.E., tells a different story. Robots have always been programmed to assist humans, and though the war machine has created robotic weapons used to destroy living things, and indeed they have, we nevertheless possess all the ethical protections we need. One of these dates to Aristotle. The other is the contemporary 3000.09 Directive on robotic design and operation, which designs command over robots that can never select humans as targets.
There’s much more to the story. Check out the complete article in Forbes, ditch the fear, and have a cyberful day.
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