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Can AI take over the world?

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Started: 6/25/2015 Category: Technology
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Hey Everybody!

This is a question we often see discussed among our friends and families and even on TV. It is a topic regarding which blockbuster films have been made. It is the subject of many conspiracy theories to say the very least. And most importantly and interestingly for me it makes for an excellent debate.

I"ll put across some facts and points so you can decide for yourself.

To start with simulating 1 second of human brain activity takes 82,944 processors. Yeah. That"s how powerful the human brain is. According to the amazing Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University in Japan and Forschungszentrum J"lich in Germany have managed to simulate a single second of human brain activity in a very, very powerful computer.This feat of computational might was made possible by the open source simulation software known as NEST. Of course, some serious computing power was needed as well. Luckily, the team had access to the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world " the K computer at the Riken research institute in Kobe, Japan.

Using the NEST software framework, the team led by Markus Diesmann and Abigail Morrison succeeded in creating an artificial neural network of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses. While impressive, this is only a fraction of the neurons every human brain contains. Scientists believe we all carry 80-100 billion nerve cells, or about as many stars as there are in the Milky Way.

Knowing this, it shouldn"t come as a surprise that the researchers were not able to simulate the brain"s activity in real time. It took 40 minutes with the combined muscle of 82,944 processors in K computer to get just 1 second of biological brain processing time. While running, the simulation ate up about 1PB of system memory as each synapse was modeled individually.


Add to that, the most top notch Artificial Intelligence(AI) system is about as smart as a four-year-old, and lacks even basic commonsense say many many researchers.

Another point, a computer can tell you that 9663927 times 9591399 is equal to 92690579763873 but can a computer crack a joke that will leave you in splits?

Here"s the point I"m trying to make. Artificial Intelligence is still a long way from being a world conquering force.

Just one more thing, in my opinion computers may be the most powerful objects on the planet in a few years but it will take a lot to take down the human species. A species which has completely dominated the planet for the past 3000 years at least. A species which has changed the face of the planet in the past 100 years. A species which knows how to get the maximum out of everything around us. A species which has all but conquered it"s own moon. Yeah Artificial Intelligence, good luck conquering us Homo Sapiens.


By the time I am done speaking, you will be more wary of the computer or phone you are typing on.

In this debate I will focus on three topics:

1) Human Nature

2) The advancement of Technology

3) What the AI can do today, and where it can go

Humans are lazy

What inspires humans to create? 2 things, one is for money, the other is so we can be lazy. We see it every day as we continue to create products that does the work for us, be it cooking, cleaning, walking, working and so on. Whatever burns less calories we are for it. This is why we as humans are becoming lazy and fatter. The larger we cte a dependancy on robots, the less control we have. Thus Human nature, our laziness is the first and formost part of what is leading our path to slavery to our robot overlords.
Debate Round No. 1


Frankly mate, I'm gonna use your own argument against you. The more we humans innovate the easier life becomes for us. In truth when we say easier we mean less physical work. With cooking,cleaning,washing and other such burdensome chores gradually being taken over by robots a.k.a AI, humans can focus on a lot of other important things.

Medicine, Education, Research and other such fields can be focused upon. The brain, the world's foremost supercomputer can finally get to work.

See, the point i'm getting at is this.. a computer is our OBEDIENT SERVANT. It will do as told. AI includes pattern recognition, calculations and large scale data gathering and analysis but it does not include new ideas,ingenuity and creativity whose monopoly belongs to a certain Homo sapiens. It will only do as coded. And we humans have never allowed anything to get the better of us.

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I don't think you are properly using my argument against me, as you just reinforced my point. Humans are becoming depandant upon AI to do their work for them.

The point is how much longer until we let them think for us? The more and more power we give to AI to do our work the less power we have over our daily lives. Some people today do not have the knowledge or abilities to survive without electricity.

Daily robotic engineerese are working to create a more powerful AI.

While it is hard to see the future, We are working to get there even if its little at a time.

There is no time span for this question, thus your argument by default is at a weaker stance. You are choosing to deny a possibility that there is no chance that humans can create an AI that can think for it'self in the next 100, even 1000 years? It is much more plausible to say this:

While its not likely, there is always a possibility for AI to take over, and here is why: Humans are lazy, we are giving more power to Robitics every year, our technological growth in robitics is expodential. Thus there is a possiiblity that we can create a robot that can think for it's self. create on its own and thus can no longer be an obedient servant.

Thus yes we can always find a way to program somthing that will take over the world. We are that stupid.

Debate Round No. 2


BgDebates forfeited this round.


As you clerly see, even my oppenent who chose to not argue further must agree with the fact that this is possible.

Can AI take over the world? It is a possibility without a doubt in my mind. Lazy human nature combined with the drive to engineer more powerful AI and eventually give it the power to think for it's self, allows for the possibility for humans to lose control over the world even willingly. While it is not likely, there is always that chance.

Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Stocker 3 years ago
I am just going to leave this right here. no need to look by no one is going to stop you.
Posted by AnyDifference 3 years ago
Maybe when technology advances a bit further, sure, AI could 'take over.'
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