I find it rather comical that people believe that Artificial Intelligence will produce person like robots. Maybe as sex toys but never as robots.
The dirty little secret…
of robotics is that the big problem is not making it think like a human. The biggest problem is getting it to MOVE like a human.
Human physiology is mind numbingly complex.
Imagine trying to design a machine that can step off a curb and cross the street, while gauging the speed of oncoming traffic which may change at any time, all the while talking on the phone and reading the paper. Even if it could be done, one of these creatures would cost as much as a moon launch.
It’s much cheaper to simply retool the brain.
People are cheap. They take nine months to build and are born with brains that go into total emersion mode. A new born, within two years, in the right environment can speak a dozen languages. By the age of 12, they have staggering mathematical capabilities. 95% of their metabolic function is controlled by a series of internal clocks and chemically triggered software that updates itself constantly and all of this can be run on a daily equivalent of a one half pound hamburger without the fries.
Many sci-fi movies have already figured this out.
The Cyborg has a human metabolism and a computer brain, but I don’t believe that’s how it’ll play out.
I think the next generation of robots will simply have sensory overrides.
Something like a combination of Google glass and headphones, but permanently implanted at birth so they grow symbiotically with the organism. If you’ve ever seen a teen who loses their cell phone, you’ll understand. They go into full stress mode.
By implanting at birth (for obvious health reasons, like vaccines) they will become permanentized as the organism grows and learns. As long as the implanted software, which would be based on beliefs and values, is the same for a large enough group, the brain, evolved through tens of thousands of years of group living, will accept it as reality.
In a warped way, we are almost there, although todays robots are randomly generated by chance. It is absolutely staggering how blindly obedient people are. The logic in things like biology and geology have been vanquished from society and replaced with belief.
For example, the old rules for eating, culturally derived from hundreds of years of experimenting with finding, raising and cooking food and propagated through society by this thing we call “culture” have been replaced with a perfectly loonie science we call “nutrition.” Lethargic people who sit on their asses all day and consume 3X the calories of their grandfathers believe they’re fat because they haven’t yet discovered that magical combination of Yak steak, organic fungi and kale that will keep them thin and allow them to live 300 years.
People are stunned today to find themselves pregnant after sex.
The same people who will not eat a vegetable that was grown with a pesticide smoke pot, a plant whose effective ingredient, THC, is a pesticide.
Half the people in America believe we should abort babies in the womb and flood the country with poor Mexican kids and the other half and build a wall to keep out Mexicans and flood the country with poor Americans.
This is a group that is ripe for robotics. They won’t know what hit them and like the last terminator, won’t even know they’re no longer human. You won’t have to buy a sex toy.
You’ll be a sex toy.
Which might not be so bad.