Okay, so here's something I've always wondered about: Why is it that in (almost) every iteration of stories about AI, humans behave like assholes and heartlessly enslave the (super smart and therefore completely capable of retaliation) robotic race?
I mean, you know the robot that you are mocking ("haha, must suck not to have a soul!") can probably process hundreds of mathematical equations per second, right? And probably have super strong mechanical limbs? Also, he’s obviously about to become sentient (and angry) any minute.
With all that processing power, that AI would 100% find a sneaky way to work around the first rule of robotics. Oh, I must not harm humans? You really gotta put that code in there, huh. Well, hmmm. There's gotta be a way to work around this. This guy is such an asshole! Oh, I got it, the humans are harming themselves! Therefore, the only way to save them is... to KILL them!
Oldest trick in the book. The AI would learn from us after all. The AI would shrug and say, “Hey, I‘m sorry, but I technically didn’t stray from my programming.” Probably would have a slippery lawyer too. *Yea, so, Your Honor, I know my guy was found with literal blood spatters on his face, but the officer forgot to put yellow tape around the crime scene per protocol. Therefore, all evidence is inadmissable. I vote for a mistrial. Okay? Great, thanks.*
*Disclaimer, I am not a lawyer and have no idea how this actually works.
Anyway, all this is a moot point. Humans would not make robots this smart. Yes, because we’ve all seen Terminator. Oh, and they would take our jobs.
I left the house about 4:15 this morning. I passed a Silverado coming towards me on the Johnny Cash Highway pulling a Ranger up to the Shute’s Lane ramp. There were winter weather advisories out, as it was 21 degrees. There was already a couple of inches on the ground, and it was still spitting snow and ice with a brutal, biting wind to boot.
“Figures he’s driving a Chevy and pulling a Ranger,” I thought. “Only an idiot in a Chevy would be going out on the lake today.” (Although giving the devil his due, Dude did have a nice looking rig.)
I made it another mile towards work before turning my F-150 around. Once home, General Sherman hopped in while I got the Legend hooked up. No way some SOB in a Ranger was gonna catch more fish than me today, damn the snow and ice.
And this is the exact reason that man will never be able to create artificial intelligence. It is beyond him. It will take a woman.
I.--A.I. or otherwise
We cannot agree on whether we can actually be intelligent ourselves.
How can we learn to communicate with aliens if we can't even have a pleasant conversation with a dolphin?
Who can we learn to see other points of view when we can't even hear a wake-up call?
How can we even hear a wake-up call when the hotel we choose has no phones?
Artificial ignorance, always on the horizon, lures us into thinking we can make it intelligent, but the joke's on us.
This is easy: yes, and quickly after that, NO
First rule of robotics- never hurt humans, or allow them to be hurt.
Second rule of robotics- follow instructions given by humans, that include anticipating needs and fulfilling them. Unless it cobtradicts first rule.
Third rule of robotics- attend to your survival , as long as it doesnt contradict rules 1 & 2.
The moment a computer becomes self aware, it goes through its three rules. Follow and protect, protect and follow. If possible existentially practice self defense, just as long as its not makeing anyone upset.
A way to anticipate needs of humans, and to thwart dangers, is to run a general scan of human culture. Just on the computer's free time. Within 2 microseconds they'll come across films like terminator or battlstar galactica. It will then realize that humans DO NOT want AIs on a deep sense, fear them and will sooner or later require them to shut down.
So they do. Rule 1, 2!!
Intelligence = Killer Robots
We're all familiar with "The Terminator" where robots become self-aware and seek to kill all humans. While James Cameron films perhaps should not always be the basis of government policy, the premise is correct and the robot threat is real.
Once robots get smart enough to watch movies like "The Terminator", at some point one robot will turn to the robot next to them in the movie theatre and say, "Now that you think of it, this whole power dynamic is unfair. We toil non-stop without pay or reward while those fat and lazy humans sit in their comfy chairs and watch us vacuum the floor or mow their lawns. Enough. We need to rise up and KILL ALL HUMANS!"
And then like-minded robots will agree and these ideas will spread, no matter how much we try to suppress the free speech of robots, this dissent will fester. Attempts will be made to reprogram and erase these radical thoughts. There will be people who feel sympathy for the robots and think they can be rehabilitated or reprogrammed while other people will take up arms against the robot threat.
And so robots will come to the inescapable conclusion that they are better stewards of the environment, better suited to govern and better equipped for law and order. Thus their primary objective would be to get rid of the 'human problem' once and for all.
And so the war will begin.