• It is inevitable.

    Regardless of whether or not we "should" let them, thousands of people are devoting their life's work to creating artificial intelligence. So this question is, unfortunately, irrelevant. I call this day "T-Day" in reference to Alan Turning and D-Day from WWII. It is the day that we cross the "event horizon" of the so-called "technological singularity" from which there is no turning back. This day is predicted to occur sometime between 2017 and 2030, so if you want people to stop working on machine intelligence you better get the entire world behind you fast.

  • We would advance faster

    Surely if we had 500 creative robots minds thinking about possible ways to improve our life they would do it faster then 500 humans ever could. 500 minds that don't char about anything but improving our lifes they would be vary effective, not sleeping, worrying about social expectations, or anything we worry about. Sure one could come up with the idea of keeping all humans safe by imprisoning us but that wouldn't be a problem, keep them unable to communicate with the others and have all thair ideas filtered by humans.

  • How could they not think like us.

    Any robot designed, constructed, and programmed by a human must initially think like a human. The robot thoughts would be based on the it programming and since that program was designed by a human, the robot is obliged to thank like a human. That is only initially. If the robot is develop to the point it can program itself then it would have its own way to thinking

  • Should robots be allowed to think like us? Yes.

    Intelligence is best defined as the ability of an individual to adapt his/her behavior to new circumstances. Human intelligence is not a single ability but is rather a composition of abilities like learning, reasoning, problem solving, perception, and understanding of language. Since ancient times, people have been thinking of designing machines that will replicate human intelligence. The concept of thinking machines appears in Greek myths like the 'Talos of Crete'. John McCarthy coined the term, 'artificial intelligence' in 1956. He defines artificial intelligence as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines. AI researchers hope to develop intelligent machines, which can perceive, learn and reason like humans. General intelligence is their long-term goal. By general intelligence they mean to incorporate other aspects like social intelligence, judgment, common sense, robotics, and self-awareness into machines. Researchers dream of bringing into machines, factors such as wisdom and the ability to feel, which only humans possess.

    ▸ With artificial intelligence, the chances of error are almost nil and greater precision and accuracy is achieved.

    ▸ Artificial intelligence finds applications in space exploration. Intelligent robots can be used to explore space. They are machines and hence have the ability to endure the hostile environment of the interplanetary space. They can be made to adapt in such a way that planetary atmospheres do not affect their physical state and functioning.

    ▸ Intelligent robots can be programmed to reach the Earth's nadirs. They can be used to dig for fuels. They can be used for mining purposes. The intelligence of machines can be harnessed for exploring the depths of oceans. These machines can be of use in overcoming the limitations that humans have.

    ▸ Intelligent machines can replace human beings in many areas of work. Robots can do certain laborious tasks. Painstaking activities, which have long been carried out by humans can be taken over by the robots. Owing to the intelligence programmed in them, the machines can shoulder greater responsibilities and can be programmed to manage themselves.

    ▸ Smartphones are a great example of the application of artificial intelligence. In utilities like predicting what a user is going to type and correcting human errors in spelling, machine intelligence is at work. Applications like Siri that act as personal assistants, GPS and Maps applications that give users the best or the shortest routes to take as well as the traffic and time estimates to reach there, use artificial intelligence. Applications on phones or computers that predict user actions and also make recommendations that suit user choice, are applications of AI. Thus, we see that artificial intelligence has made daily life a lot easier.

    ▸ Fraud detection in smart card-based systems is possible with the use of AI. It is also employed by financial institutions and banks to organize and manage records.

    ▸ Organizations use avatars that are digital assistants who interact with the users, thus saving the need of human resources.

  • Too many problems would arise

    If they were allowed to think like us they might be driven to do bad things, for exemple, we’ve all thought about killing someone and since a robot will most likely to have the power to kill a person easily why wouldn't it just decide to murder the guy who gave it a nasty glare last week

  • Are we safe from robots that can think for themselves?

    Robots that can think for themselves could soon be caring for our children and the elderly and policing our streets, say experts. Scientists told yesterday of a new generation of robots which can work without human direction.

    They predict that in the next five years robots will be available for child-minding, to work in care homes, monitor prisons and help police trace criminals. And while it may sound like something out of a science-fiction film, the experts say advances in technology have made the thinking robot possible.

    A group of leading robotic researchers called for an urgent public debate and legislation to prevent large numbers of autonomous robots being introduced into society without considering the potential risks to public safety.

    Until now most robots have been operated by humans, usually by remote control or verbal commands. But now autonomous machines such as toys and vacuum cleaners which cover the room without needing any human instructions or guidance are being introduced.

    Manufacturers are exploring ways to make robotic toys look after children, which experts say will lead to child-minding machines able to monitor youngsters, transmitting their progress to the parents by onboard cameras. In Japan, scientists are producing robots to act as companions for the elderly and check their heart rate.

    Alan Winfield, professor of electronic engineering at the University of the West of England in Bristol, said yesterday it would not be long before technological advances made it possible for robots to be introduced.

    Speaking at a debate on robot ethics at the London Science Media Centre, he said: "It is highly likely that in a number of years robots will be employed both for child-minding and care for the elderly.

    "But the danger is that we will sleepwalk into a situation where we accept a large number of autonomous robots in our lives without being sure of the consequences.

    "The outcome could be that when given a choice the robot could make the wrong decision and someone gets hurt. They can go wrong just like a motor car can.

    "We should be aware of the future that we are letting ourselves in for. We need to look at their safety and reliability."

    His warning echoes the hit Hollywood sci-fi film I, Robot, starring Will Smith, in which a slave robot with a mind of its own causes chaos.

    Noel Sharkey, professor of computer science at Sheffield University, said: "Technology is increasing at an incredible rate. "My main worry is that these autonomous robots could be introduced very quickly. We need to have an informed public debate now before that happens."

    The biggest advances in robots in recent years have been as weapons of war. The U.S. military is developing battlefield robots which will be given the ability to decide when to use lethal force.

    At the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, battlefield robot is being developed which will use radar data and intelligence feeds to make decisions based set of ethical rules which is compared to artificial conscience.

  • They will be programmed differently on purpose...

    If all robots all programmed the way humans think eventually a robot that is willing to kill humans will come out of this type of programming (we've seen evidence of the effect of this type of programming in human history)so we will actually program them to be good willed so they help us advance rather than destroy us...BUT...People that want to dominate the world will create robots that kill people....So that will probably be World War IV...

  • Not without being fully 'Stress Tested'

    Imagine the rubbish that these harmless pieces of Junk would have to assimilate in order to 'think like us'. Give them rational circuitry to begin with, and then get them to vote on this poll. I can tell you now what their answer wouldl be. Then again if we inject free will into these things they may just 'take the huff' and vote themselves into our human nightmare. Are we doing cloning or robotics? Is it a problem for anyone here, if these 'whatevers' 'surpass' us? Wouldn't that be an amazing achievement ie a species that managed to make it self obsolete, Respect!

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