15 Facts: How Artificial Intelligence Will End Our World within Decades
The scenario of artificial intelligence taking over the world and ending it has been an existing concern for decades now. Since the joining of Stephen Hawking to those who prophet that the world will end, this topic has achieved even higher grade of attention that it has before. ‘The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race‘ – stated Hawkings for the BBC. According to Hawkings, the AI will surpass the intelligence of humans.
Is this really going to end our world within decades? Let’s have a look at 15 facts that support the idea.
1. We Make and Encourage Computers Designing Themselves
James Lovelock, a distinguished scientist has outlined a vision of the artificial intelligence taking over the world. According to Lovelock, people will still exist in few decades, but the machines will take over. He says: “We’re already happily letting computers design themselves. This has been going on for some time now, particularly with chips, and it’s not going to be long before that’s out of our hands, and we’ll be standing aside and saying, ‘Oh well, it’s doing a good job designing itself, let’s encourage it.’”
According to this man, the robots will take over the world because for them, everything will happen much faster than it does for us. This takes us to the conclusion that if artificial intelligence does take over the world that will be the fault of people who praise the advance of self-creating technology.
2. Robots are Taking Over Our Jobs
According to the International Federation of Robotics, the number of robots working in factories worldwide has increased 225,000 in only one year. Their prognosis is that this number will drastically increase in the following years and will take over other sectors aside from manufacturing.
Take for example the newly opened hotel in Nagasaki, Japan. The Henn-na hotel is the first, but surely not the last hotel that is staffed with robots. This all points out to robots taking over the job of hundreds of thousands of employees, which is a number that will only increase as time passes. As John Maynard Keynes has once called this, people will soon suffer from a ‘technological unemployment’.
3. As Professions are Taken Over, the Salaries for Other Professions are Decreasing
With the artificial intelligence taking over our jobs, many professions are becoming obsolete. As this happens, people are inclined to invest more in their education. However, even if people do achieve greater knowledge as a way of fighting artificial intelligence in taking over the world, the salaries are bound to become lower because of the bigger competition. With less and less work for people to do, the competition for the more difficult tasks will be enormous.
4. AI is Reaching the Point of Mass-Production
A robot that can self-replicate by using spray foam has now been developed in the Modular Robotics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. This leads us to assume that building robots will soon become easier than building humans, which allows faster mass production.
Have you ever heard of the kinematic self-replicating machines? Robosavvyy and Matt Denton have now developed a hexapod robot that has a cutting tool that will allow it to fashion machine parts, including its own.
At this moment, we have to be the ones to construct the robots, but it is very likely that this will not be the case soon. As the technology develops, it is very likely that robots will start to outnumber people in a time when creating a robot is much cheaper and easier than producing and raising a human.
5. Robots Will Transfer the Mind
Some researchers indicate that very soon, robots will be able to transfer and upload their digital minds. This means that when a particular thing cannot be done by one robot, the mind can be transferred to another one, which is an advantage people will probably never have. Even though this can be extremely beneficial in terms of solving the current unsolvable problems, having transferable minds in artificial intelligence will lead to our end.
6. Artificial Intelligence Will Advance
People keep on producing smarter and smarter AI, which will ultimately lead to robots being more specialized than humans. Right now, artificial intelligence can already calculate faster than humans and is able to store grand amounts of memory. With this difference becoming bigger and bigger, it is very likely that the robots will soon be more advanced and specialized than humans when it comes to intelligence.
7. Robots Will Have the Upgrade Option
We are in the place of giving robots an upgrade of physical cognitive states. As there is a possibility of robots replicating themselves, the chances of them upgrading themselves is also very high. ‘Robots are going to have a huge head start on us. Open source approaches are going to be applied to their physical makeup and programming, allowing us to accelerate their design. But those same tools will also be available to them. ‘– stated David Orban, a faculty member of the Singularity University.
8. Robots Won’t Have Psychological Predispositions
Humans get tired, restless and bored. We often get mood shifts and shifts in clarity and can be easily swayed. Robots are created in terms of set operating systems and unless they are programmed to be different, they will never have psychological predispositions that will slow them down. Additionally, robots have the advantage of not sensing any pain.
9. AI Requires Fewer Recourses for Functioning
Artificial Intelligence costs a lot at this moment, but they will soon require much less recourse for functioning. Unlike people who need water, food and oxygen, the self-replicating robots will need none. This will make them much more cost-effective than us and therefore, far more productive.
10. Robots Can be Morally Infallible
With programming robots with a pro-social, moral code, we are giving them moral superiority. When they have this characteristic, they will be more able to exercise predictability and consistency than we do. Additionally, there is a possibility of programming robots with no ethnics whatsoever; with the purpose of avoiding such things holding them back in achieving the set goals.
11. AI is Not at Risk of Decreased and Damaged Biological Functions
People get sick, die of age, feel hungry, thirsty and have the need of going to the bathroom every day. Artificial intelligence is created in a way that they do not carry burdensome biological functions, so they won’t have to spend the time in satisfying their needs. This time will be used on working, which is made even easier since robots do not get tired, either.
12. Mind-to-Mind Communication Between Robots
Artificial intelligence will soon be updated in terms of telepathy. The robots will be able to work, connect and collaborate together in a way that will surpass the capacity of human connection. A pointer to this direction is the robot swarm created by the Harvard University, that was designed to autonomously arrange into shapes.
13. Variety of Robots
Unlike humans who are all built the same in terms of morphology, robots can be built in any imaginable size and shape. Additionally, artificial intelligence is made with daily-improved materials that can make drastic changes in decades from today.
14. Robots Travel in Space
Space is a tough place for humans to be, but it is a piece of cake for robots. According to Daniel Britt and Pegasus, robots are our best shot at exploring the space. ‘. Robotic exploration is necessary to enable human exploration by setting the context, providing critical information, and reducing the risk to humans.’ – he said.
15. Robots are Expendable
Artificial intelligence is important for our development, but one of its biggest advantages is that it is expendable. However, with the ability to use robots for dangerous things like rescue missions and dangerous places, we are giving them the ability of being expendable. With the future ability of mass production, this is yet another reason why robots will be the end of humans’ world.
Ray Kurzweil shares this same opinion, saying that the growth of AI will lead to a point where it will overpower that of humans. But, while many think of artificial intelligence as the end of the world, some think of them as positive impact on the future. For example, Rollo Carpenter has actually stated “I believe we will remain in charge of the technology for a decently long time and the potential of it to solve many of the world problems will be realised,”
So, what’s it gonna be?