Or so Lizzie Dearden discovered while researching techno-human relationships for the Independent. It appears the film Her really wasn’t that far fetched when the idea of a man falling in love with his super intelligent computer became a reality.
Futurist, Ray Kurzweil claims that within a few years (by 2029) not only will technology surpass our intelligence but they will be able to interact at human level (predominantly emotionally) by creating algorithms which match that of the human brain. Kurzweil stressed that attributes which partners are expected to have will be attributed to our computers; whether it be humour, romance, or being “sexy” super intelligence will be able to do it.
For many, this idea sounds ludicrous but the further I explored the ideas Kurzweil has put out into the public eye about the advancement of technology the more his ideals seem to become practical. We are in a day and age where utilizing technology matters more than face to face interaction, humans are far more accessible through text and social media platforms than they are in a coffee shop. Some people lust over the release of the latest gadgets more than seeing their own partners after weeks to months of being a part. The age of technophilia (a desire and heightened interest to constantly have access to the latest and most advanced technologies) has been on the rise for over a decade and 15 years from now doesn’t seem like all that long of a time frame for some to feel a mutual to their gadgets.
Kurzweil believes that we will sync to what he calls “singularity” where the lines of distinguishing man and technology will cease to exist.
Ray Kurzweil: The Coming Singularity
Movie likes Transcendence and Her are growing in popularity and they often depict the ability for technology to resemble humans, and the potential for robots to turn against humans in the future. World renowned genius minds have started to warn society against the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that humanity faces an uncertain future as technology learns to think for itself and adapt to its environment. He stated that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. He believes that robots with artificial intelligence will overtake human intelligence within 100 years.
Here’s an example of a robot with artificial intelligence. Check out the video at the bottom of this link to see how the robot expresses both intelligence and emotion. The part I found the scariest and most relevant to Stephen Hawking’s warning was when a reporter asked the robot if it believes they will take over the world. This was the robot’s response: “Jeez, dude. You all have the big questions cooking today. But you’re my friend, and I’ll remember my friends, and I’ll be good to you. So don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll still be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake.” http://glitch.news/2015-08-27-ai-robot-that-learns-new-words-in-real-time-tells-human-creators-it-will-keep-them-in-a-people-zoo.html
We’re already at the point where an AI robot is telling human creators it will keep them in a “people zoo” in the future. Do you think AI is going too far and we should start being concerned in how we are advancing this technology?