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Artificial Intelligence
Here's a very thoughtful explanation of why robots will NOT get "smarter than humans" in the near future.  These are many of the same reasons I've been giving, arranged in clear and concise format.  This doesn't mean that artificial intelligence is impossible, just that we aren't as close as some people think, and there are still some major obstacles to solve.

On the other hoof, the potential for sentience follows the infrastructure.  If we start building machines with the physical  complexity akin to a human brain, then we're creating an environment that could  host a complex mind.  At that point it becomes possible, however distantly, whether we intend it or not -- just because life is mightily creative stuff.  We could wind up with an infant AI where nobody expected one.  I suspect the results would be bad, because humans still haven't figured out how to treat each other decently on a consistent basis, let alone the first of a new species with no legal protections.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: March 10th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I doubt that robots will ever be developed that possess real intelligence.
The main reason why I think this is because a vital component of intelligence is SELF-PROTECTIVENESS. Humanity wants non-human SERVANTS to perform those tasks too dangerous or too boring for a human to perform repetitively. A truly intelligent robot might decide it was too valuable to risk itself to perform a certain job or, worse, it might get bored.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 10th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)


If people truly acknowledged that intelligence wants to be free, then we would not have the pervasive problems of de facto and de jure slavery or servitude. However, there are large numbers of people who think that slaves and servants are happy as such. Those are the ones most likely to build slave AIs ...

... and that explains the plot of 95% of AI movies and stories.
siege From: siege Date: March 10th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

As I have been saying for a very, very long time: if you do not love your children, they will not love you.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 10th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...


Also abuse has about a 1/3 chance of repeating on the next generation. I haven't seen exact numbers for how often abuse victims turn on their abusers, but it does happen -- particularly with boys as they reach puberty.
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