- Most AI robots are “female”.
Amazon’s Alexa, Cortana and Siri all share the same trait- they are designed to be female. Although the reason is unclear, an agreed upon hypothesis is that female voices are received better by the human ear. Furthermore, designing a robot that is considered “attractive” leads to greater consumer satisfaction. Lifelike female robots with warm skin and anatomically correct features are already a popular commodity in Japan, providing companionship to the lonely owners who can afford them.
- Video games use a specific branch of AI.
Expert systems is a type of artificial intelligence that is designed to mimic human behavior. Weapon selection and interaction with video game bots illustrates Expert Systems in action. AI is also capable of learning the rules of simple video games on its own. DeepMind, an AI firm, dropped their AI creations in games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Pong. The AI then began to play without assistance.
- The Matrix may become a reality.
Researchers at Google claim that humans will eventually be able to upload their brains to a digital storage device and transfer their conscious from one device to another. This would essentially make us digitally immortal super humans capable of vast intelligence and speed.
- Governments are already beginning to address the concept of robot rights.
A new report drafted by the European Union provides an outline of rules and regulations to govern future AI. The report also includes the establishment of “electronic personhood” which would guarantee AI its own list of rights and responsibilities. These rights even include the ability for a robot to participate in a court of law. The report was well received, gaining a 17-2 vote in the European parliament.
- Stephen Hawking is unsure if AI development will help or destroy the human race.
In a speech given at the Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Stephen Hawking provided a word of caution to the attendees. “I believe there is no deep difference between what can be achieved by a biological brain and what can be achieved by a computer. It therefore follows that computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence and exceed it,” the scientist stated. In a blunt conclusion, Hawking stated that “in short, the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity. We do not yet know which.”