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#1    Saru

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:09 AM

Researchers are trying to determine the risk of us being wiped out by our own technological creations.

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A University of Cambridge research project is preparing to investigate whether technology has the power to destroy humankind.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:06 PM

Hollywood takes over Cambridge...

Well I suppose it is better to be safe than sorry.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:34 PM

Rather high I'd imagine.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

Take over us to accomplish what? Who would manufacture them and program them? Robots gain nothing.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:14 PM

View PostZaraKitty, on 28 November 2012 - 09:18 PM, said:

Take over us to accomplish what? Who would manufacture them and program them? Robots gain nothing.
well the thing with robots is they have no morals. so lets say you program a robot to go to the other side of a city the most time efficient way possible but the most efficient way  involves a little kid or puppy or something and since the robot has no morals he just runs right over the kid/puppy to get to the destination. robots will probably have nothing to gain from killing us but they also have nothing to lose.

but there is still like a 99.99% chance they dont do anything at all.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:51 AM

I don't believe sentience and consciousness can be produced from a machine.  They can't be made self aware.  They only know and do what you tell them to.  They don't think for themselves.  Consciousness is not an epiphenomena of matter.  Consciousness is primary and matter is secondary.


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:42 AM

You can put all the memory you want in a machine, it will never be self aware, sentient, or conscious.  They won't suddenly "wake up" one day and start thinking for themselves.


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:07 AM

We're already being wiped out by our current technological creations.


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

They'll only do what their told. Unless something goes wrong in the software or a bug there is nothing to worry about, even then, there is no way they will try to take over the world.


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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:27 AM

View PostZaraKitty, on 28 November 2012 - 09:18 PM, said:

Take over us to accomplish what? Who would manufacture them and program them? Robots gain nothing.

When we build robots that can design and build better robots and when we design computers to build better and exponentially faster computers then man will no long be "in the loop". It's a bit like the movie "A.I." where at the end of the movie robots had evolved to perhaps the limits of technology and resembled alien lifeforms more than machines. Of course that as science fiction and robots are a long way from that. Also it may be that it is not possible for true A.I., where a machine becomes self-aware. But should that happen all bets are off.


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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:31 AM

View PostArtaxerxes, on 29 November 2012 - 05:42 AM, said:

You can put all the memory you want in a machine, it will never be self aware, sentient, or conscious.  They won't suddenly "wake up" one day and start thinking for themselves.
Only if your straw man had a brain. No one is suggesting putting in memory will magically create self-awareness.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

If we program robots for maximum efficiency, and within that program is an algorithm that enables the robot to "learn" how to become more efficient, maybe that could be a danger. This programmed "desire" for efficiency I think could be considered a type of independent robot intelligence. We could program robot morality too, that over rides everything else. But...I just don't trust robots.

Watch the movie, "Colossus - The Forbin Project" on Youtube for an example of this.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:42 AM

Why would they revolt?  For better pension schemes?


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:25 PM

They could keep us as pets, hee hee.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:15 PM

I have a robot car it obey's my every command,and I put it to sleep every night in its own garage.If I forget to wear my seat belt it tells me.If I dont close a door properly it tells me. if a tyre needs more pressure ,it tells me and so on,what more could you ask for ?.

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