A self-propelled car was recently seen trying to flee after being stopped by police on a road in San Francisco, USA. After analysis, it was a strategy to respect the highway code. That is, the current advances in robotics and artificial intelligence. Elon Musk has warmed the attention of observers in the area by announcing Tesla’s future entry into the production of the new humanoid robot Optimus. At the same time, it rekindles the debate over whether robots will eventually surpass humans in intelligence.
Tesla Optimus was first introduced in 2021 during a day dedicated to artificial intelligence within the company. Elon Musk then insisted that this would be a real product, not a vague idea. Now, about nine months later, it has become a little more specific. The machine will weigh about 60 kg and measure about 1.77 meters. It will be controlled by voice recognition. The robot can travel at a speed of 8 km / h and can carry objects weighing 20 kg. While in the resting position, the Optimus is said to be able to lift about 70 kilograms, handling 4.5 kilograms when each arm is pulled. Its entry into production is scheduled for 2023 The robot will take care of tasks that are highly repetitive and therefore annoying or dangerous to humans.
With the advent of so-called General Artificial Intelligence (AGI) these developments are not too far off and should be taken on a larger scale in the future. From 2017 (where Elon Musk claimed that artificial intelligence is a fundamental threat to humanity) to 2020 to 2019 (where he announced that AI is far more dangerous than nuclear weapons), the position of technology billionaire. So stay fixed on the issue. Elon Musk’s fears relate specifically to the fact that advances in the sector could lead to so-called general artificial intelligence (AGI). It will then open the door to the perfection of defeat. Research teams like OpenAI have been launched in this corridor. If we mention feedback from scientists working in the field, AGI could fall on us in 5 to 10 years.
Instruments will then be enriched with common sense at the level of ordinary artificial intelligence, they will be able to reflect causality, that is, the ability to reason why things are happening. This is the level at which research teams in the field are noticing.
I have been issuing this warning for ten years. We should be concerned about where the artificial intelligence is heading. The people I see making the most mistakes in this regard are very smart, because they can’t even imagine that a computer could be much smarter than them. This is the fault of their reasoning. Elon Musk said in one of his previous outings that they were much more stupid than they thought.
That’s why his company, Neuralink, is working on a brain-machine interface to insert into the skull to prepare mankind for a * disaster * future where robots will master it. These were in principle ready for testing on humans from mid-2019. The company continues to play security cards by conducting animal tests. The latest is about a monkey that got a brain implant. Thanks to the latter, he can play video games using his mind. The California company Syncron has already tested paperclip-sized brain implants on human patients. They were able to click and type on the computer without lifting a finger.
While waiting there, the current artificial intelligence shows significant limits. Although it has already been relied upon to diagnose illness, perform translation or even transcribe speech, the fact is that it can be confusing in situations for which it has not been trained before. For example, to be able to recognize a dog with an artificial intelligence system trained to identify cats, one has to go through another learning process, with the risk of losing part of the skills acquired in the initial task.
The question is whether derivatives can be worse with a common artificial intelligence then surface. Worst of all if the machine turned against its creator. Each year, the Holy Father asks Catholics around the world to dedicate a specific prayer purpose for each month. For the month of November 2020, Pope Francis said to pray that the advancement of robotics and artificial intelligence will always be at the service of humanity. His call gives new life to questions about the possibility of the opposite happening: influenced by a human instrument predicted by many cinematographic productions such as Terminator, Matrix or i-Robot.
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