Ah, humans have been scared of robots since the first robot was "introduced" to general public (or even before that!). Interesting enough the idea
of robots go back as far as 450 BC when a Greek mathematician Archytas of Tarentum postulated a mechanical bird he called "The Pigeon" which was
propelled by steam. (Also another interesting tit-bit the word robot comes from the Czech word robotnik
, or worker, and robota
To understand the possible threat, you need a clear understanding of AI. And when you grasp the concept behind that, you'll realize that a
robot-human war will remain science fiction for a while.
I've always had a keen interest in AI, but are always left disappointed when I "investigate" new developments. I've been most impressed by the
phenomena. But if you take a careful look at the impressive coding, you'll realize that it's not AI at all, but
cleverer elimination of data.
There are two kinds of A.I. Conventional AI and Computational Intelligence. Conventional AI mostly known facts, i.e. statistics, data, etc. Let's
call it "knowledge based AI".
Computational Intelligence is more or less a method of "trial and error". Fuzzy logic.
Ok, so all of that in mind you shouldn't under-estimate the power of the human mind. I doubt if any AI or robot will ever have the processing power
or capacity of the human brain. Think of all the inputs thrown your way any given time. There are sounds. You need to discriminate between sounds,
recognize them and then "decide" what to do with each and every sound. Then there's smells. Same goes for that. Then there's touch. Again the same
processing. And sight is even more complex. You can recognize all the different colors in front of you, recognize symbols and interpret them as
letters and then words and then sentences. You can focus on one single object in order to concentrate. And that's just your basic senses. There are a
million other calculations that goes through your brain at any given time, not to mention your automotive processes. And reaction. You can react to
thrown your way. Simple decision making... Think about all the decisions you make in a single minute! And most of the time you make
the right decision - without you even realizing that you actually made a decision. Don't ever forget or underestimate the ability of logic and
And I don't know a single programmer who'll be able to program something with the feeling or knowing of "self". How can you program something you
don't even understand yourself?
It's just so amazing! And try to put that into computer code?! Good luck! You have thousands of people working for years and years on something
"simple" like Windows XP, and still it's filled with bugs, and not still nearly as functional as the human brain. Our current technology does not
allow the kind of processing power we're currently talking about. Not even to mention the amount of memory necessary!
And that's only the software part! Have you seen the movement of "modern" robots? It's, well, mechanic. They can hardly create a robot that walks
like a human! The development of a robot with a natural human or animal walk is incredibly difficult and requires a large amount of computational
So let's say they can make a relatively speaking good mechanical robot with conscious decision making and understanding and "self". Everything
breaks. All robots will eventually break - and they'll need something or someone to fix them. And then there's the problem of power-supply. The
amount of processing and movement we're talking about will need a whole lot of power. Robots will have to recharge every now and again. With the
current technology it will be more often than you think. Take a look at the battery life of something simple like your mobile telephone. Electronics
are power-thirsty. Now imagine thousands or millions of robots during a war, having to recharge their batteries every couple of hours... Just cut them
off from their power source, and you win the war.
I barely touched the subject, but I can assure you CaptainIraq that you'll be safe from a rebellious toaster for at least a couple of years.