Afraid of being controlled by robots? Stupid people are more dangerous than smart robots

Recently, two figures from the technology industry expressed ‘terrible’ opinions regarding changes in robotics technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in other words artificial intelligence.

According to quantum physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, artificial intelligence has a potential risk to human survival.

The genius who invented the theory of quantum gravity and black holes said that AI is a human creation that can have powers beyond humans as its creator.

In line with Hawking, famous technopreneur Elon Musk also has the same opinion. The founder of innovative companies Tesla and SpaceX also admits that he is very worried about the potential risks that AI technology has.

He even likened AI as ‘a demon that is difficult for humans to conquer’. Musk’s anxiety became serious enough, he donated US$ 10 million to the Future Of Life Institute as a non-profit institution that was founded to prevent various things that terrorize human survival, including the threat of robots.

But the results of the World Economic Community conference which took place in Davos, Switzerland, some time ago concluded the opposite of Musk and Hawking’s concerns.

The conference, which was initiated by two UC Berkeley professors, Ken Goldberg (department of robotics) and Alison Gopnik (pawn of psychology), concluded that machines (robots) were too ‘stupid’ to replace humans.

7 Arguments Why Humans Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Being Ruled by Robots

By way of outline they formulate seven good arguments why humans should not be afraid of the world being ruled by robots. Here’s the explanation:

1. Machines/robots cannot learn from experience in random ways

“It’s easier to make a machine that follows the strength of a chess Grand Master than to make a machine that looks like a 2-year-old child,” said Gopnik.

This means, building a machine with a special program that concentrates on one problem — a game of chess for example — is much easier even though it looks complicated. However, machines cannot act like children who can absorb a lot of information in random ways to learn and develop.

2. Machines/robots always need humans to be smart.

Most of today’s great robots receive various data updates and hardware repairs on a regular basis carried out by humans. They can’t make themselves smart, or improve themselves.

3. Machines/robots can’t make jokes.

No matter how sophisticated a computer is, it will not interpret human non-logical thinking. ‘I believe robots will never be able to make the big jokes of my life’, says Goldberg.

4. Machines/robots cannot be creative.

No human-made program can let robots know art and aesthetics. Even humans also can not all have the same good creativity.

5. Machines/robots can’t do inspiration updates.

Computers cannot renew their own inspiration. They will operate according to the program that has been set. This is the weak point of the computer, because this way humans can always predict what the computer will do after that.

6. Machines/robots can’t play.

As explained above, machines cannot be expressive. It does not have the power to cause ‘want’ and interest in one thing spontaneously.

7. Stupid people are more risky than smart machines/robots.

It is no longer a secret, humans who are equipped with thoughts, feelings and desires are much more at risk than even very intelligent machines.