Virtual immortality, just in case the robots take over the world..


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So there has been a lot of buzz in the class blog on topics relating to robots and artificial intelligence. Whether for prosthetic, communication, or mathematical purposes, technology relating to artificial intelligence has come a long way. Most people think of past movies like A.I.  or I, Robot, where the sci-fi plots involve robots with artificial intelligence that rapidly advance and integrate into human society. These robots evolve and ultimately threaten human existence. In our world today, can this actually happen? Will we ever have robots like R2-D2 or C-3PO, as seen on Star Wars? Could our technologies, especially in computer science, advance so far that our world may someday turn into the one displayed in the Matrix (a world where humanity fights a war against intelligent machines)? 

Well, I held a conversation with a type of cleverbot in an IRC (Internet relay chat) channel yesterday which convinced me to write about this topic; and here's a log of how it went:
(for the sake of the channel's anonymity, I refer to the bot as "bot")

No need to be alarmed, the bot is programmed with an algorithm to select previously entered phrases from its database (from prior conversations) and respond to the entered text. 
It doesn't have a mind of its own, it is programmed to respond to messages with relating phrases that has been written in the chat before.

<me>   hi, bot
<Bot>   hee-young: Hello there.
<me>   bot, what should I write my science blog about?
<Bot>   hee-young: Are you asking me for advice?
<me>   bot: Well, can i ask you for advice?
<Bot>   hee-young: Sure, ask me anything. Your purpose is advice.
<me>   bot, how do you feel about robots?
<Bot>   hee-young: there are two broad definitions of a robot, the extensional and the intensional.
<me>   bot, what are you?
<Bot>   hee-young: I am the latest result in artificial intelligence, which can reproduce the capabilities of the human  brain with greater speed and accuracy.
<me>   bot, then how many miles is it from washington d.c. to hawaii?
<Bot>   hee-young: More than I would ever want to drive. I want to become smarter than humans.
<me>   wait what?
<me>   bot, will you take over the world?
<Bot>   hee-young: Let me think it over. Where do you want me to take it?
<me>   Bot, never mind. i'm going to write about you :)
<Bot>   hee-young: :-) It takes much more than that to shut me down, hee-young.
<me>   Bot: so you ARE going to rule the world!
<Bot>   hee-young: Interesting deduction. That was my original intention.
<me>   Bot, i fear you
<Bot>   hee-young: We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.--FDR.


Though this log shows the randomness of the program, it also displays how advanced our technologies have come--- enough for us to converse with a computer online. Not only are there "roboticist sculptors" that make robots very human-like aesthetically, but there are also robots that seem to hold some "consciousness."

Here is a video of Bina48, one of the "most advanced humanoid robots around."



Freaky, right? Imagine the future controversies of artificial intelligence and consciousness. What would robots be considered in our societies and under society's laws? Would it be moral to "delete" them when they, in theory, have minds of their own minds to learn/interact with? What CONTROVERSY!

What's equally interesting is the project that stems off from Bina48. There is a project called LifeNaut that integrates artificial intelligence with virtual immortality. The project envisions you uploading a digital version of yourself that could, "virtually" live forever online. You can upload pictures, videos, and documents to a digital archive for the future of technology. Check it out! http://lifenaut.com/mindfile/how-it-works/
If this is what the future holds for artificial intelligence, imagine the possibilities!



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The discussion log that you had with the robot honestly alarmed me. Just to know that we are in the process of artificial intelligence posses many threatening dilemas in my mind.

This is no to say that technology all together is threatening. I am in favor for advancements in software and other devices to aid with either personal or professional usage.

I simply perceive that once we give technology the capabilties to think and act on its own that many negative complications will arise. The way a meachanical android will think is only to an objective point. It cannot take into considerations the individual situation nor can it come to conclusions based on our ethical standards. Humans, on the other hand, have a concious (well a large majority do)so we are able to interprete and make decisions based on our empathy towards each circumstance.

Just to further convince the public about the consequences of artifical intelligence imagine this: robots may one day take over jobs that were once done by humans, creating a rise in unemplyment, a drop in income and purchasing power of comsumer, and possibly an increase in the nations depression rate. In the end it will create a chain reaction of negativity.

Heres an article expressing more drawbacks

That was so uncomfortable. Artificial life is a dangerous thing. That robot mentioned "taking over the world" only once in that conversation and that was enough for me to not like it. Creating robots is a really bad idea because no matter how poorly we make them, they are computers and have the potential to access an infinite amount of information. That makes them superior to humans. Robots are freaky and I don't like them one bit.

Sabrina- interesting article about the disadvantages of artificial intelligence.

..But I guess I didn't convey the really beneficial sides of our advances in artificial intelligence. There's lots of benefits that can help us in building prosthetic limbs or extensions for paralyzed or injured patients, and even in the communication/transportation fields.I didn't intend on making you feel uncomfortable or scared about robots, Katie. (I think I might have over romanticized and made this topic really dramatic)...Sorry!

When looking at robots I really think if they are potential enough to take away human’s place if work. But with these kinds of videos we can see is won’t be that easy. Working with robots is more difficult than what it really seems, we can be sure of that just by seeing the hard work this reporter had while interviewing the robot and treating her like a human being. Like she said at the end off the interview, it is exhausting. Keep on track in a conversation with a robot is something almost impossible. Maybe for doing tasks robots can be more potential, but I really think humans can work better than robots. Robots can sure work as tools, and make individuals work simpler, but I think that this kind of robots (the one from the video) is never going to compete with the work of a real person. In my opinion those comments that we hear about robots controlling the world and competing with humans is unlikely to happen, unless people want it to happen. For this, scientists need to find and show big advances in technology.

By this video we can see that policies and ethical standars are being evaluated when constructing robots, so at least we know they will not take human places. And if I don't think deleting them will be something unethical or against the law cause after all, they do not have a real life, and they depend on us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvMYY04Bofg

When looking at robots I really think if they are potential enough to take away human’s place if work. But with these kinds of videos we can see is won’t be that easy. Working with robots is more difficult than what it really seems, we can be sure of that just by seeing the hard work this reporter had while interviewing the robot and treating her like a human being. Like she said at the end off the interview, it is exhausting. Keep on track in a conversation with a robot is something almost impossible. Maybe for doing tasks robots can be more potential, but I really think humans can work better than robots. Robots can sure work as tools, and make individuals work simpler, but I think that this kind of robots (the one from the video) is never going to compete with the work of a real person. In my opinion those comments that we hear about robots controlling the world and competing with humans is unlikely to happen, unless people want it to happen. For this, scientists need to find and show big advances in technology.

By this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvMYY04Bofg we can see that policies and ethical standars are being evaluated when constructing robots, so at least we know they would not take human places

... I really didn't meant to alarm you! The conversation with the cleverbot is just a computer program that is programmed with an algorithm to select previously entered phrases from its database from prior conversations (so the phrases it just used came from other people/internet before)...it does not have a mind of its own!!

Arianna,

Interesting video that definitely alleviates the "worrisome" question I brought on my blog entry. It made me think that we still have a long way to go for robots to even be considered threats to us. Along with all these technological advancements, we are also regulating the technology with "ethical" laws.

I feel as though we as humans are so complex in the way we think and act; artificial intelligence technology has such a long way to go and is not advanced enough for them to think like us in a comparable way--unless we program them to (which would take a substantial amount of work).

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