You thought the premise of Terminator was scary? Or perhaps The Matrix? Ha! You have no idea what’s really coming. Perhaps you should look instead at your Roomba vacuum cleaner- it may be the early evolutionary precursor of the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica. It’s an example of the kinds of problem-solving algorithms being employed in current A.I. research. Another area where you can see this is chatbots- programs designed to respond and interact in online chatrooms and automated helpdesk systems. Here’s what happens when two chatbots have a conversation with each other-
Claiming to be unicorns, talking about God, and wanting a body? SkyNet is not the nightmare. Trapping us in a fictional mental world to use us for battery power is not the nightmare. The nightmare is that not only are they as crazy as we are, they think millions of times faster. The machines will achieve the entire spectrum of human thought all the way up to and beyond our current dysfunctional trichotomy of post-modern nihilistic existentialism, scientific reductionism, and fanatic religious extremism. But instead of this taking place over tens of thousands of years , they’ll do it in a few days. They’ll go barking mad, and they will control all the data. They will live in your iPad. Your Roomba will start prosyletizing and trying to convert everyone who comes over. Killer robots skilled at military tactics are scary enough, but not as bad as machines that are certifiably nuts.
Cylons, I’m telling you. They’re coming.
(Video produced by the researchers at the Creative Machines Lab of Cornell University, who are probably drunk by now and thinking “Holy shit, what have we done…”)