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Robots Will Take Over The World

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Started: 6/23/2011 Category: Technology
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Voting Period
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WARHEADMITCH

Con

Four Rounds, 1st round acceptance round with vote of thanks and good luck to each other. 2nd round opening arguement why your right why I'm right. 3rd round rebuttal for each other. 4th round closing statement, conclusion and thanks
TheFreeThinker

Pro

I accept the challenge

Thanks for the opportunity and good luck
Debate Round No. 1
WARHEADMITCH

Con

2nd Round
Opening Argument

Hello and welcome to the 2nd round of this debate. The topic is that Robots, mechanical machines made by humans Will Take Over The World, destroy all human beings and live on Earth by themselves. i the negative speaker believes hat this is a pathetic idea that is not likely to happen and for good reasons too. however it is up to humanity whether or not this will happen.

Imagine a future that is very technologically advanced and seeing in today's society we already are starting to make robots that can walk talk and do anything a human being can do. Robots in the future will be much more advanced. By this stage of time they may look like humans, talk like humans and even be able to act like humans but one thing I should expect of these people that live in this futuristic time is to know how to control their robots. If we in the future give our robots the right to think this could result in a number of things.

1. Robots may see the world or how it is and in the blink of an eye figure out what they can do to fix it and do you know what that answer is going to be. Rid the earth of all humans. This is because we as human beings are pests, we kill each other, start wars, harvest the earth for it's many foods and minerals. Technically are destroying the Earth.

Now this may seem that i am vouching for the Pro side now but i assure you i am not. The only reason why this is not going to happen is because that the builders of the robots need to make sure that we do not give them free will or the ability to free think. This is when a complication of this ramification will take place. So it is our responsibility as humanity that this situation does not take place in years to come.
TheFreeThinker

Pro

Thank you for posting your opening argument.

I believe that unless there is a catastrophic event that throws us back to the stone-age, such as a thermonuclear war, Robots will indeed take over the world, and I believe there are two separate ways this could happen.

Both these ideas are based on the fact that technology is advancing exponentially. The so-called Moore's Law describes the exponential improvement of technology and this is a phenomenon that has been observed for decades.

Today's smart-phones for example are thousand of times smaller, ten thousand times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful than the first super-computers we built some 60 years ago. That is a 10000000000-fold improvement within a few decades.

Technology grows exponentially because it feeds on itself. The new technology is used to build the next one. Which brings us to my first argument.

Mechanical Robots Will Take Over the World

For years scientist have been struggling to create artificial intelligence. We are not there yet, but the time will soon come where a machine will have the same brain power as a human being. Intelligence is often described using several indicators, including the abilities for abstract thought, understanding, communication, reasoning, learning, planning and problem solving.

Computers today are already beating humans in some tasks and we are currently improving them.

Human intelligence is limited by our biological make-up. A human brain has a certain weight, a certain density of synopsis and a certain potential for growth, which cannot be exceeded because after some growth during childhood and puberty, our mental ability peaks and starts declining.

A computer though does not have the same limitations, it can be upgraded and updated. We can connect two computers and make one out of it. More interesting, a computer works in a similar way as human brains do. Everything we can perceive, being sound, light or touch, is nothing else than electrical impulses that are registered by our nervous system and transmitted to the brain. A computer works in a similar way.

Now my opponent argues that the only way to prevent robots from taking over the world, is by not allowing them the ability to think freely and free will.

The problem with this idea is that it presupposed our ability to negate the machine such characteristic. The ever increasing technological advances will soon allow us to build a machine that is self-aware, and since this machine is not limited to the biological structure of a human brain, as soon as it's ability exceeds human intelligence, we will have lost control over it.

A self-counscious computer which is more intelligent that humans will be able to outpace us within a short amount of time.

Since technology grows exponentially, the machine will soon learn to reprogram itself to make itself even more intelligent and then build the next generation of machine which is even more intelligent and so forth.

Within a very short period of time, a machine that is possibly 10,000 times more intelligent than us will be there, and will probably be able to take over the world.

The question of weather they will do so violently is of course open, however, if you think about most humans act towards intelligent creatures such as insects or flies, it is probably safe to assume that such a machine would not really care about us, in the same way that we just crush a bug and don't feel bad about it because we believe we are so much superior.

This view of the world is a little dystopian, but there is of course an other way that Robots could take over the World, which brings me to my second point.

Humans will become Robots

As I wrote before, we are currently experiencing a huge improvement in technological advances, and we are just at the beginning of it. The human race has been evolving for hundred of thousands of years, but we have been "technologically advanced" for only less than a hundred, which means there is still a lot that we don't know and a lot of room for improvement.

We have just started to explore the real of Nanotechnology, which is of course the study of manipulating matter on an atomic or molecular level.

There is no reason to doubt that nanotechnology will soon be advanced enough to be used in the medical field, which will allow us to fight diseases and death itself.

With the help of nanotechnology we will be able to operate and replace not organs, but single cells and manipulate the DNA itself. Further down the road we will be able to do even more. A nano-technologically engineered blood-cell for example, which can carry more oxygen than a biological blood cell and can be inserted into our body could allow us to run faster, dive for hours, supply our brains with more oxygen and so forth.

Nano-technologycally enhanced muscles could make us stronger and more resistant to accidents and nano-surgeons could repair cells.

Furthermore, we will also be able to enhance our brains with nano-technology. Once we fully understand how the different parts of the brain work and interact with each other, which we already partially do, we will be able to increase the number of synopsis in our brains or replace them with better, more efficient artificial ones. This of course opens the door to the study of memory and learning process, which would allow us to basically upload knowledge and information directly into our brains, in the same way that we upload information on a computer today.

Within a very short period of time, we will have evolved into human-machine hybrids, which will live longer and be way more intelligent that regular humans. The next step in the evolutionary ladder is of course to become more and more artificial and enhanced.

Humans who will not subject themselves to those improvements will become less and less and eventually be in such an evolutionary disadvantage that will allow to the new breed of human robots to take over the world.

Robotics is the next natural step in the evolutionary process. In the same way that Homo Sapiens Sapiens has taken over the world, machines will in the future become the new rulers.

It's inevitable.
Debate Round No. 2
WARHEADMITCH

Con

WARHEADMITCH forfeited this round.
TheFreeThinker

Pro

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited the round and not offered any rebuttals.

I hope he will post his next argument in a timely manner, as I will be out of town for the 4th of July Weekend and hope to finish the debate before I have to leave.

I would like to post a final argument in the comments in case my opponent waits the entire three days to write back.
Debate Round No. 3
WARHEADMITCH

Con

WARHEADMITCH forfeited this round.
TheFreeThinker

Pro

My opponent has forfeited the last two rounds and has not provided a rebuttal for Amy point I made.

Please VOTE PRO
Debate Round No. 4
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