So How far down the Rabbit Hole have we gone?
Are Androids going to take over the world?
These are just some questions being pondered
Comments from Chaplain FaulknerThis is the first article I have read on the robotic AI "Sophia".
The following quote struck me from the developer website,
"I quest to realize Genius Machines - machines with greater than human intelligence, creativity, wisdom, and compassion. To this end, I conduct research in robotics,
artificial intelligence, the arts, cognitive science, product design and deployment, and integrate these efforts in the pursuit of novel human-robot relations,"
There are two things that I take away from this quote alone. One is that David Hanson (developer of "Sophia") is creating this robot in his image.
He imagines it to have greater intelligence than he with creativity, wisdom and compassion. These are qualities which humanity was given by G-d and not innately human qualities.
The primary innate human condition that comes to mind is sin for which I would think David Hanson's work may better reflect.
Sin and human sin nature by definition is missing the mark which as intelligent as we may be...lack wisdom to daily compassionate living.
Such qualities come from G-d and G-d alone. G-d is love.
Second take away is Hanson's attempt to make these devices emotionally and socially acceptable to humans. This is a troubling aspect of robotic AI development
as it has potential to manipulate human emotional response, perhaps to the point of triggering emotional responses that lend themselves to providing control over humans.
How hard is it to elicit a sexual response based upon how the frame of the robot is built? How hard is it to communicate a non-threatening presence by rendering a robot
as a demure and soft spoken female? How hard is it to create a wolf in sheep's clothing?
"We envision that a rough symbiotic partnership with us, our robots will eventually evolve to become super intelligent genius machines that can help us solve
the most challenging problems we face here in the world."
Another interesting quote which begs to ask the question, if these super intelligent genius machines we so intelligent, then why would they want to help us?
Even compassion will give way to survival of the many if only at the cost of the few. Absolute autonomy with intelligent access to socio-economic systems could give
rise to a power consolidation into the hands of digital "citizens" who bear "rights" of a yet unknown quality.
Given absolute authority to make choices based on their own criteria, would AI act in "our" best interest?
As long as the answer has a glimmer of a "no" then I believe developing fully autonomous AI is a dangerous if not foolish endeavour.
I believe super intelligence equals domination. Socially acceptable AI equals control. Autonomous AI equals extinction.
(Revelation 13:11 ESV)
One has to ask, from what is the frame of robotic AI made? Metals and carbon compounds of the earth. On what is digital logic based?
Binary, a base two numbering system; and for as non-threatening as "Sophia" is made to appear it has potential to speak like a dragon.
David Hanson's work is an open-source project making the programming code available to anyone who wishes to develop it.
In the hands of a belligerent nation state, may it be possible to weaponize this technology? Thankfully, this technology is far from its stated goals
and the "Sophia" AI is very limited in capability.
But for how long?