An AI takeover has been feared since 1920, when a play by Karel Čapek entitled “R.U.R.” showed intelligent machines overthrowing humanity. Famous Science Fiction films have depicted this as well, such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, and “Tron: Legacy.” In these stories or films, AI usually becomes extremely intelligent and takes over the human race, and yet the best we can do to make AI is the dumb assistant on your phone that can never tell what you’re saying.
To prove how (not) far we have come in programming AI, consider a recent experiment where a computer algorithm was told to read all seven Harry Potter books and write its own chapter on the hugely popular series. The result was “Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash.” This hilarious failure contains bizarre quotes such as,
“Ron was standing there and doing a kind of frenzied tap dance. He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione’s family.”
The computer-generated fan-fiction can be listened to on YouTube.
Right now, AI is undeserving of taking over the world. But these technologies are improving all the time. A Russian robot purposely escaped its lab twice, causing major traffic jams. Two Facebook robots created their own language without human input before being shut down due to the fact that the people running the experiment were scared that they may be plotting against us.
While today’s AI may be very dumb, be nice to it, because someday it may be your master. Consider that the next time you want to yell at Siri for ordering corn on the cob instead of calling Bob.
By: Brig Larson
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