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Machines Like Us

Artificial Irrelevance: The robots are coming

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The creation of artificial intelligence more sophisticated than a human brain, even by accident, is now a very real prospect warns Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn.

Science fiction luminary Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics mandated safety measures to limit artificial intelligence in robots, protecting humans from harm.

That was 70 years ago. Largely written for fantasy books.

Nowadays, researchers have developed artificial synapses, computers have won jeopardy and Google's computer can do something called supervised learning.

With the robotics industry saying household robots will be the new PCs in ten years, the impact of robotic AI on humanity is no longer tomorrow's problem.

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