Can we say "The Matrix?" Continuing advancements on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, really one in the same, poses many potential hazards. Due to the advantages of silicon-based over carbon-based life forms, they could replace or enslave us, due to superior strength, speed, and lack of morals inherent with AI - among many other things.
For one, they would be able to self-replicate, which would make them nearly impossible to stop. With their built-in intelligence, they could make duplicate upon duplicate of themselves in a short amount of time.
Because they would be able to think, Robots would be tremendously more dangerous than nuclear weapons. They could create a Terminator-esque scenario, eliminating humankind from the face of the earth with KMD, Knowledge-enabled Mass Distruction.
Due to their supposedly unbiased reasoning and logic, robots could easily be placed in positions of power, thereby disrupting the political scene worldwide. If robots could think to do things for themselves, then they would take over skilled and unskilled labor jobs, leaving millions jobless. Robots pose a serious quandry in their classification. Would they be property or would they have partial or total freedom? These questions have yet to be answered.
In the movie "Bicentennial Man,"
inspired by the book "I, Robot" by Isacc Asimov, robots essentially become
human. The robot is given his freedom and with it, he begins to advance
himself. First he gives himself human physical features, next he gives
himself human emotions, and later he even adds neuropathways, which allow
the use of senses. Would robots continue making themselves more and more
like humans until they essentially replaced humans completely by becoming
entirely like them? Who knows if robots would even have the desire to do
that, but anything is possible in this kind of future.
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