Will robots outperform human intelligence?

Recently, a self-driving car was seen pretending to try to escape after being stopped by police on a road in San Francisco, USA. After analysis, it was a maneuver that was carried out in order to respect the highway code. This means current advances in robotics and artificial intelligence. Elon Musk has piqued the interest of industry observers by announcing the future entry in the production of the new Tesla robot Optimus. Meanwhile, it reignites the debate over whether robots will eventually surpass humans in intelligence.

The Tesla Optimus was first introduced in 2021 during the day dedicated to in-company AI. Then Elon Musk stressed that it would not be a vague idea, but a real product. Now, about nine months later, it’s more specific. The machine will weigh about 60 kg and measure about 1.77 m. It will be controlled by voice recognition. The robot can move at up to eight kilometers per hour and can carry objects weighing 20 kilograms. When at rest, the Optimus is said to be able to lift nearly 70kg, managing 4.5kg per arm when pulled. It is scheduled to go into production in 2023. The robot will take on tasks that are either too repetitive and therefore boring for humans or those that are dangerous.

These developments should take on greater scope in the not too distant future with the arrival of so-called Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). From 2017 (where Elon Musk claimed that AI is a fundamental danger to humanity) to 2020 through 2019 (where he declared AI much more dangerous than nuclear weapons), he was the position of the tech billionaire. On this issue remains constant. Elon Musk’s concerns relate in particular to the fact that advances in this sector could lead to so-called artificial general intelligence (AGI). This, then, will open the door to the end of the world. Research teams such as the OpenAI team are being launched into this corridor. If we refer to the comments of scientists working in this field, then in 5-10 years artificial general intelligence could fall upon us.

Machines will then be given common sense at the stage of artificial general intelligence, they will be able to think causally, that is, the ability to think about why things happen. This is the level that research teams are aiming for in this field.

This alert has been issued for ten years. We have to worry about where AI is headed. The people most wrong about this topic are the very smart ones, because they can’t imagine that a computer could be smarter than them. This is the flaw in their thinking. They’re a lot dumber than they think, Elon Musk said on one of his previous tours.

It’s also why his company, Neuralink, is working on brain-machine interfaces to be inserted into the skull to prepare humanity for a *catastrophic* future where robots will dominate. These have been ready in principle since mid-2019 for human testing. The company continues to play the safety card by conducting animal experiments. The last one was about a monkey who underwent a brain transplant. Thanks to the latter, he can play video games using his brain. Synchron in California has already conducted trials of paper-clip-sized brain implants on human patients. They were able to click and type on the computer without lifting a finger.

While waiting to be there, the current AI is showing significant limits. Although it is already relied upon to diagnose diseases, make translations, or even transcribe speech, the truth is that it can be confused with scenarios in which it was not previously trained. By way of illustration, an AI system trained to recognize cats has to go through another learning process in order to be able to serve dog recognition, at the risk of losing part of the experience gained in the initial task.

The question is whether derivatives couldn’t be worse with AGI then emerge. Worst of all, the machine turned against its creator. Each year, the Holy Father asks Catholics around the world to assign a specific prayer intention to each month. For the month of November 2020, Pope Francis asked to pray that advances in robotics and artificial intelligence may always be at the service of humanity. His call gave new life to questions about the possibility of the opposite situation: a machine-dominated humanity as predicted by many film productions such as the Terminator, Matrix or i-Robot.

And you?

Are fears that robots will overtake humans more exciting than anything else?
Does the fact that there is no artificial general intelligence at the moment negate Elon Musk’s predictions?
Is it impossible for research in this field to lead to artificial general intelligence?

See also:

Is self-driving today just a vision for the future at Tesla Motors*? The company just changed its autopilot goals
Securities and Exchange Commission urges Musk to step down as Tesla presidency, demands $40*million fine for out-of-court settlement
Tesla has announced that a new fully autonomous driving computer for its cars is in production and will prove itself this month
Tesla shares plunge after its autopilot system suffers an accident, and its car batteries are reported to have caught fire.

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