Singularity: 7 options for a robotic future
Heyday of robots
This plot formed the basis of countless anti-utopian films. Singularity is the point at which artificial intelligence transcends the human mind. But although it sounds like science fiction, many computer experts say that singularity will come somewhere in the 21st century.
However, it is difficult to imagine what our future will look like when robots are integrated into all spheres of society.
I will try to describe to you several potential future scenarios in which super-smart robots are involved.
War with robots
This nightmare became the main fuel of the movie "Terminator" - the possibility that one day the robots will clash with people in the battle for domination. Engineers are already developing robotic mules and robotic soldiers, and drones are becoming a ubiquitous tool in the war on terrorism. It is possible that the cars will go against their creators.
Many people believe that after reaching a singularity, people will stop dying. The future is not far off, in which we will load our minds into computers, actually moving inside the machines. It is also possible to use implants to replace lost limbs and aging organs. In any case, death transforms from an inevitable aspect of life into a rather rare phenomenon.
When machines are compared with people in intelligence, it will be easy enough to copy intelligent software from one computer to another to create new workers for the economic system. While the agro-cultural revolution has doubled the level of the economy of mankind in one thousand years, and the industrial revolution has done so in 15, the post-singular economy will probably double every month, if not every week. The incredible growth of the economy can happen so fast that people simply cannot keep up with it.
Since robots do not need air, water or food, they, unlike humans, will not be afraid of destroying their environment. As a result, there is a big risk that super-intelligent machines will deplete all of Earth's natural resources.
Cybernetic implants can also mean the emergence of more intelligent, super-empowered people. Of course, this will turn people into cyborgs, but most likely, this is a small price for acquiring new incredible abilities.
As robots get smarter, people simply won’t be able to compete with them. Although at first the most simple tasks will be given to robots. Robots have already replaced industrial workers, and self-driving machines are already very close. However, technology is still evolving without considering how it can harm people or leave them without work.
When almost all tasks will be given to the super-mind, people can gradually lose those abilities that once formed the basis of humanity as a rational race. In fact, humanity is already in a singularity: people have already abandoned the ability to navigate, memorize, and calculate. Scientists have even created robots that perform the most human of our tasks - caring for the sick and elderly.
In the end, people can occupy a position similar to mitochondria - the energy stations of living cells. Once mitochondria were independent organisms, but ancient bacteria long ago consumed them, and mitochondria gradually transferred all their functions to cells, with the exception of energy production. People may well lose all their abilities, performing only the function of providing energy for machines.