If you have seen the movie iRobot with Will Smith it is hard to disagree that it is a great movie…that is as long as it stays in the “science-fiction” and not “non-fiction” categories. The truth is this type of technology may not be as far off as we would like to think. It is no secret that scientists have long been interested in experimenting with artificial intelligence. However, up until now no one has been able to recreate something anywhere remotely as complex as the human brain or the human body. Though, scientists are getting closer.
As shown in the video this robot, referred to as HRP-2, seems to actually be able to learn about its surrounding environment and use what might be considered ‘obstacles’ to help it improve its efficiency in achieving its task. If you think about this in respect to movies like iRobot, these types of advanced robots would have a significant advantage in the communication department compared to its human counterparts because of their ability to utilize high speed internet as an internal form of communication. They could use wireless internet and perhaps even satellite internet to communicate ‘telepathically’, in a since. They could access a seemingly infinite amount of data storage by using high speed broadband to access a shared storage cloud, which would permit them to only use the amount of storage they actually needed.
All of this is actually a bit scary when you think about it. Could we possibly be replaced by our own innovations? I don’t mean ‘replaced’ in the since of whether we will be able to exist or not; I am talking ‘replaced’ in the since of how useful we can be. We are all well aware of how much robots and machines have replaced human labor in the industrial and manufacturing settings. It is possible that robots could actually replace humans as the primary decision makers and innovators of our world. Nevertheless, this is all pretty heavy stuff to think about.