Fear No More, Elon: You are The Robot!
Even though over the past few years, the advancement of technology certainly has provided a myriad of possibilities, shaping the world without limitation, however, not without cost or potential risk. We are now living on the cusp of what has been termed the latest industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, which is poised to literally change the way we live.
Perhaps one of the best known of the latest doomsday prophets of our current technological era is Elon Musk, strangely a colossus who is on the forefront of technological advancement. He has helped revolutionize green energy through mainstreaming electric vehicles and is currently making great advances in the battery industry, space transport and so many more it really is hard to keep up- he even thinks we may soon colonise Mars! Not to mention the fact that he puts his money where his mouth is, when he goes for a new idea.
The scary part of all this is that Elon Musk seems to think that Artificial Intelligence is advancing too quickly and may soon pose a very real threat to human existence. Well, before your thoughts run directly to a dystopian wasteland only seen in Terminator movies, where a battle rages on between machines and humans - I should remind you that we are still quite a way off from such horrors.
Musk does, however, in his doomsday prophecy, note that machines will play a role in any potential future apocalypse. He believes this so wholeheartedly that he was even a shareholder of DeepMind, a cutting edge company working in the field of Artificial Intelligence, just in order to “keep an eye” on developments in the field. Well, if someone this credible thinks that fields such as Artificial Intelligence and robotics could pose a threat to humanity, surely, they must be bad, or may not all be so.
Well, believe it or not, the field of robotics has already been integrated into our daily lives with devices as simple as those that vacuum our rooms, to much more intricate devices, such as those that give hope to so many in need of prosthetic limbs.
Companies such as Neurogress, have been working on methods and applications for using bioelectric impulses emitted by the brain in order to control prosthetic limbs and in the future, perhaps, even robots. This certainly is revolutionary as the technology does not require any invasive procedures, enabling linkages with robotic parts through sensors which are simply placed over the skull.
This offers much safer alternatives for creating linkages between the human brain and machine. Once again, it was our very own Mr. Musk who noted, while addressing world leaders at the World Government Summit earlier this year, that we as human beings would need to become robots (cyborgs) in order to stay relevant in the future.
What are your thoughts on the safety of robotics and artificial intelligence? Would you be willing to try out technologies such as these?
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