We all know the outcome of the Terminator world. Humans built machines, and then the machines grew their A.I. intelligence to the point that they were able to make the decision that humans are flawed, causing an uprising that would take human existence to the brink of extinction. Now while this is all sci-fi, could it really be that far fetched?
Think about the technological world we live in today. We have computers that are programmed with advanced and complex algorithms that would allow them to make certain predictions based on what they are programmed to do. That didn't even make sense in my head before penning it. Ok, let me clarify. If you lose an arm, or a leg, a robotic limb can be built personalized to your brain pattern that will allow control over that extension. There are super computers that are programmed to hunt down viruses on their own. There are also governmental use of drones that all you have to do is plug in coordinates, and it will seek out and complete a kill mission on the enemy target while you are sipping margaritas with your Senator friend. Ok, maybe that will never happen, but you get the idea.
"Today there's no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you're going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines."
Louis Del Monte, a physicist, and author of "The Artificial Intelligence Revolution" spoke with The Business Insider about his belief of this "phenomenon" that is sweeping our timeline. He believes that machine intelligence will not only surpass my, your, and your friend's intelligence but the world's combined human intelligence all together!
It might not be a full-on [Terminator](series:1196463)- type scenario - where the world turns apocalyptic with man vs. machine but it could be suggested that machines will first look to turn humans into cyborgs. Part man, part machine. When a wounded soldier has returned from the battlefield with a lost limb, he can be fitted with a robotic prosthetic. If a man, woman, or even a child becomes an amputee as a result of a tragic accident, he or she could easily replace it with the help of this technology. While there are some adverse pros to this, Del Monte suggests there could be cons.
"By the end of this century," he continued, "most of the human race will have become cyborgs [part human, part tech or machine]. The allure will be immortality. Machines will make breakthroughs in medical technology, most of the human race will have more leisure time, and we'll think we've never had it better. The concern I'm raising is that the machines will view us as an unpredictable and dangerous species."
Today's world is fast-moving, and let's be honest, we are barely keeping up with technology as it is. I just got my very first tablet on Christmas of 2013. My first smart phone (#teamandroid) was put in my pocket of January the same year. Who knows what next year, next month, next week, or even tomorrow might bring us in tech-mecahnics. We are living in an age where a microchip could determine how much oxygen we breathe.
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Now, I'm not saying Skynet has become self-aware and we are all doomed, but with technology advancing forward at a rate that is too high to predict, could it be possible that we will have a robotic future ahead of us? Other films like iRobot depict A.I. systems becoming self aware that humans are a very dangerous species. Even in comic book literature - for example The Avenger comics - Ultron realizes that [The Avengers](movie:9040), along with human beings are fundamentally flawed. You have to wonder, are Hollywood and authors making this all up? It's something to think about. I just hope that if it does come to this, I will be long gone by then...
I found this to be a fascinating read and felt like sharing it with you my fellow Moviepiloters. Hope you enjoyed it.
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