“Meet the Machines of Our Future”

The twentieth century was driven by the Western World’s embrace of the Industrial Revolution AND the fascination with the Age of the Machine! With this historical precedent continuing through the twentieth century, what would you imagine the machines of “Our Time” to be? A continuation of 100 years of supporting and nurturing the Industrial Revolution into the twenty-first century? Perhaps, a tighter fixation on the Age of the Machine with labor-saving innovations to improve the quality of life?

According to Susan Goldberg and David Berreby, from the September 2020 issue of National Geographic Magazine, the answer is much closer to home! “A revolution in robotics is upon us, as machines take over more duties long performed by humans. It’s changing how we live.” What are your thoughts on the “revolution in robotics” in our daily lifes? Do robotic machines make you feel grateful for the tasks they perform? Do robotic machines inspire you by the obvious advances in electronics and their placement within your environment? Or, do you feel uncomfortable by the proliferation of robotic machines and even threatened by their existence? “It’s an inevitable fact that we are going to have machines, artificial creatures, that will be a part of our daily life.”

This week we looked at Oskar Kokoschka and his fetish for a doll to replace his lost love—Alma Mahler. There is a firm in a quiet suburb of San Diego which seeks to provide a Kokoschka-like fetish solution to lost love. This firm is led by a “team of programmers, robotics specialists, special-effects experts, engineers, and artists who create robot companions that can appeal to hearts and minds…” We are talking about a big step from Siri and Alexa!

What are your thoughts on robotic machines of today and the intellectual quest to have AI (artificial intelligence) resemble the human brain/mind AND be implanted in a human-like form? To move from a Kokoschka-like doll of Alma Mahler to “We don’t today have a real artificial intelligence that resembles a human mind…But I think we will. I think that is inevitable.”

Real Dolls of the 21st century?

Published by: roberttracyphd

Academic professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I teach theory courses in Art and Architecture History. In addition, I also curate exhibitions on campus as well as in other venues nationally and internationally.

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31 thoughts on ““Meet the Machines of Our Future””

  1. My thought on today’s robotics and its revolution is more of an economical point of view. The more and more tasks that can and will be performed by a robot means that we need more and more professionals such as engineers, mechanics, programmers, and developers in the world. This means an increase in schoolings such as higher education or trade, as well as an increase in the average wage for the consumer market. If done correctly, the inflation from this new market could create an economic boom, just like how the first home Windows systems did.
    I am not sure how I feel about the AI systems, especially ones that are created to represent humans. Personally, I think google is creepy enough. I do kind of feel a fear for the treatment of AI systems in the future. Because although they would be a creation, just like a painting, car, building, app, computer, or sculpture. If it/they genuinely think and feel like a human being. Then theoretically, would it not hold all the same rights as we do. I also don’t feel comfortable with it because there have been multiple horror movies expressing what a bad idea it could be.

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  2. Lizbeth Ramirez | ART 473

    The “revolution in robotics” in our daily lives has both its benefits and drawbacks. Yes it has helped make daily life easier and has provided faster results, but it has also made us lazier and impatient. I am grateful to some extent for the tasks robotic machines perform because they do provide extra help. Especially when it comes to mass production or looking for information. I’m not sure If I can say these machines inspire me because of what they are but maybe in the sense of the results they produce. They might inspire me to want to make something because with their help it’s become so easy. In the sense of phones, computers, tablets, alexa’s, and google homes I do feel uncomfortable. I just can’t trust them, but they are the things I use most. It’s just crazy how they know so much information about you and the world and how dependent we are of them. If we were to have machines with AI intelligence, unless they were to be like Tony Stark’s JARVIS, I wouldn’t agree with it. I just don’t think it’s necessary to have it resemble a human. I also wouldn’t want to call a machine my equal.

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  3. Jonathan Quinones

    I think that the use of robots can be efficient for big corporations because, in the long term, companies are not going to employ a large number of people. A machine can learn everything by memory, but a robot would never learn anything by making mistakes. Machines are libraries that retain a significant amount of information and follow orders by humans.

    A robot cannot develop critical thinking unless humans programs their functions. The incorporation of robots into society can increase the rate of unemployment in first world countries, and it would force people to search for different jobs that can not be replaced by machines. I think that we all hold onto a thing or an object that might remind us of someone special, but the psychological struggle is whenever we feel that a robot is alive, and it communicates through emotion. Uber and Lyft have self-drive cars; therefore, these companies would rather invest their capital in smart cars instead of employing people; this idea can help corporations save millions of dollars. Robots are the reflection of what an ideal human brain or intelligence should be like.

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  4. I think of robots and artificial intelligence are a product of the society we live in today with the systems of accessibility, information, and capitalism. People like to have things easier for themselves generally speaking. Along with the amount of information and knowledge people posses, there has to be some kind of control over these operations in order for there to be a positive growth in society with these contributing factors of robots and AI. I believe robots and AI are great and are being used and programmed to benefit humanity, however, with misuse loss of jobs and inefficiencies are inevitable. So I believe people in power have to rebalance the equation when a new factor such as robots and AI come into the picture of society.

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  5. From my general perspective, I am grateful for the robotic machines of today. Technology is revolutionary and has undeniably made humans quite comfortable in living. There are so many new inventions made day by day for our convenience and I think that is amazing in its own way. And from an economic standpoint, I think that there are many benefits to the improvement and development upon the field of robotic machines and that of AI. But, to be frank, I am still confused by the idea of AI itself. The intellectual quest to have something resemble humans in both body and mind is not just interesting, but also scary to think about.

    As I think about some of the motives behind what AI is being created for, I truly wonder why it’s necessary to have AI in the first place. From people like Kokoschka, who sought for a replacement of something they lost or cannot obtain, it’s thought-provoking to think that there is an even bigger, better option of doing so through the development of robotic machines and AI.

    I also think that a real AI that resembles the human mind is inevitable, but for what and at what risk. I’ve seen many depictions that show future AI being a “problem” to humanity because they also feel and think like humans but are not treated as so. And then there is this uproar where the AI take over. In the future, when AI has developed to something even more realistic, wouldn’t that mean that the only thing separating us (humans) from AI would be our physical anatomy. They would still think the same as us, which is the goal, and I think that is a cool thing to think about. But I am also disturbed out and scared by it all at once.

    I’m extremely grateful to the convenience that I am given as a result of robotic machines today, but I also don’t see the need or want for an AI. At whose convenience is the development of AI for? And are we somehow insured that AI won’t take over or that we as humans won’t abuse AI when that time comes?

    If anyone is interested, I would suggest watching the movie “Extinction” from Netflix. I don’t want to spoil much but I think that this movie brings an interesting perspective on what Artificial Intelligence could mean for humans in the future.

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  6. The help of robotics and the advancement of A.I. can provide us with lots of benefits. When it comes to commerce or monotonous tasks that take up a lot of our time, we free ourselves to maintain more important tasks. A.I. will never be perfect, that is for a fact. Which is why we should always view these products as tools rather than something that will take over society. People once viewed cars and the industrial age as something that would make us lazy or bringing the devil’s tools among us, but here we are in the present day, more productive than ever. One of my skills is using photoshop and manipulating photos. Within that program, there is already a lot of use of A.I. that saves so much time in comparison to someone that would have to make those changes in the darkroom and wait for the 30-minute development of one picture. I am grateful in all the advancements that we have made and I hope that society can utilize these tools as intended so that we can focus on the issues that need tending to. Like our political system.

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  7. When I think about robots for some odd reason I think of the episode where MR Burns had all of tose robots and fired all of his workers and Homer was the only human left at the plant.
    I honestly don’t really think it can be a great idea with this whole robotic machines. In Los Angeles they have actual robots delivering food to peoples doors. In some Walmarts’ I have seen videos of these things scanning items. I have seen other videos of them in hotels cleaning the floors. This is not helping the economy in anyway. People are losing their jobs. I really can see all of this in the future as well. People losing job they had over 40 years to a darn robot. That isn’t benefiting the people at all. It is also weird because you have to see yourself walking in to a place of business dealing with a robot and not an actual human ( even though you made not get attitude by human) and that is still odd.

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  8. Artificial intelligence and the thought of implanting anything human into a machine or vice versa makes me feel very uncomfortable. I do not like the idea of machines “becoming” anything. As mentioned by other classmates, I do agree that there are ways machines help humanity in simple ways such Uber’s self driving cars or using photoshop instead of a dark room. But beyond these mundane tasks, machines help us with things like exploring space, genetic engineering, the Internet. There are so many things that would be left unknown if it weren’t for technology. I guess humans want to know everything right NOW, and I think that is a result of the development of technology! That little loading symbol is the bane of our existence. Is the world where there is no loading symbol a world where we exist seamlessly with technology?

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  9. Annie Lin

    When I think of discussion revolving around AI, I always think about a short story written by Isaac Asimov, The Last Question. In the story, human develop advanced machine as time passes, they were trying to find a way to decrease entropy, for preventing the death of universe. However, even with the help of AI, they couldn’t solve the problem. Until the end, the ultimate computer finds the answer, and it summarizes it in a single, profound statement. Here is a link to the short story if you are interested: https://templatetraining.princeton.edu/sites/training/files/the_last_question_-_issac_asimov.pdf

    For me, technology is a way for us to get to the truth of what is going on in the world. Yet it often scares me that many of us don’t know how technology works, and technology has advance so quick that we cannot catch up with it’s pace. In this blog post, I found it scary for people to choose implant a loved ones in an AI body. There will be more attempts in making AI to satisfy our desire, fetish. I can see mental problem will be prevalent in the future. I think it is vital for us to be prepared for a time when AI resembles a human mind, and I think there isn’t too much time.

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  10. I don’t think I would be put-off by robotic machines if they look like robots or just indistinguishable from people. What will creep me out is if they look uncanny valley, almost like a human but something is off about them. I would appreciate machines doing tasks and being helpful is nice but maybe that also comes with its own problems. If companies had the option to replace people with machines that would do their jobs competently and for free, they would do it in a heartbeat. A lot of places are already running their employees ragged with skeleton staff so this would exasperate that problem. That would leave a lot of people out of a job but maybe the revolution of robotics would open new opportunities.

    Eventually in the future this is going to turn into an ethical issue if they continue to create more human-like machines. What draws the line of what is considered a “person” and what is not. At what point is this division between man and machine going to be blurred? What sets us apart? What qualities do you need to be considered a living being? Is there life in AI? I would like to think that the more human-like machines behave and appear, the more we treat them with the decency we (should) show other people. But that is not realistic, and even then, some people really don’t treat other human beings well at all. How should be treat them? What is their status in society? Do we pay them for their services? Or are they just objects with some autonomy? These are all problems that need to be addressed when this is a reality. I don’t feel threatened by machines themselves and if they turn on us that’s just the hubris of man, but if they are controlled by bad people to do bad things it is something terrifying.

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  11. I am grateful for the technological advancements we have made. Technology has made our lives easier by allowing us to bypass more mundane tasks and allow us to focus our energies somewhere else. Things such as being able to search up information anywhere at a moment’s notice through Google or automated functions/processes have reduced the amount of effort we need to put into things and allows us to live more comfortably. Honestly, it is hard to imagine how we would function if we no longer have technology. We have become very dependent on it as it has become a part of our daily lives. There is cause for concern regarding many things today becoming increasingly automated such as possibly increased unemployment rates or that we will become too lazy to do anything. For me personally, I look forward to seeing more advancements in technology. What we consider super advanced technology today might be called “ancient” by the standards of society in twenty years. Since we have it, I’m going to take advantage of technology to help me achieve my goals in life.

    AI thinking and behaving like a human being while being implanted in a human-like body does concern me though. While the idea of it is very intriguing to think about, there will be large consequences if executed. There have been many forms of media that play with this idea and portray what could possibly happen were AI were to become “human”. Most of the time, it ends up being bad for humanity, and I am inclined to agree with that result. AI would become unpredictable and there is no telling what they could do. There is a video game that tackles the concept of AIs becoming human-like very well. If you’re interested, the game is called “Detroit: Become Human”. It is honestly a scary thought of machines becoming sentient just like us. I just hope for the best should we ever reach that point.

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  12. The “Revolution in Robotics” is a very interesting topic because it’s been portrayed heavily in media, whether it be through films or in tv shows. With the advancement of technology, we are seeing creations we thought would never be possible. Whether it’s AI robots that look like humans themselves, or automated systems that can do anything that any other human can do, it’s only natural, for me, to feel a little unease.

    With the AI robots that are meant to be companions or used for health purposes, I feel that no matter what, there is always going to be controversy. Machines that are created are always mistreated and misused for inappropriate acts and I can never fully believe that this is something that could possibly become the norm in a future setting. Despite all this, I also agree in the sense that technological advancements are necessary and has been an every day part of our lives for a long time now. I think it is necessary and is essential because of the ground breaking achievements that we’ve seen with the use of technology.

    I try to be realistic and I don’t necessarily feel threatened by all these technological advancements, but I don’t feel comfortable where machines are being created as possible replacements to human interaction. I’m not sure if we’ll ever reach that point, but this definitely is a thought that we’ll be continuing to think about in the years to come.

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  13. Every day, I find myself becoming more and more thankful for the presence of today’s machines and technological innovations in my life, as they make day-to-day tasks simpler and more manageable. Many of my older relatives grew up in a world where such gadgets were nothing more than science fiction, and having heard a number of their stories and lectures about life in their days of old throughout my own life, I couldn’t be more thankful for everything available to me today. With that being said, the thought of what may come next both puzzles and worries me—particularly the creation of artificial intelligence. If such an achievement were to become reality, how would we be able to measure and regulate it to prevent potentially harmful consequences? Could this be in direct defiance of the order of nature?

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  14. I honestly have mixed feelings on the rapid development of robotic machines and artificial intelligence. On one hand, having such advanced/realistic technology could be beneficial for things like improved prosthetics. On the other hand, the thought of having artificial intelligence that resembles the human brain/mind kind of creeps me out. Technology already has reached the point where algorithms can determine how you use apps and cater the content you interact with, and I can only assume more advance technology would practically be reading us like a book. Overall, I feel like there needs to be a lot of restrictions if human-like artificial intelligence exists; I’d hope that I could recognize a robot when I’m interacting with one.

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  15. I feel grateful for all the technology that has been invented, but scared at the same time. I’ve been watching too many movies, but I believe that in the wrong hands, A.I. can be very dangerous. There are limitless possibilities for what A.I. can be used for in the future, both good and bad. Life for humans will be more convenient with these machines around and hopefully these robots and machines will be used productively and responsibly. If so, future generations will be able to do great things all of us now think are impossible.

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  16. I believe artificial intelligence is useful in some cases. For example AI can be useful for the medical field. Robots are being used in hospitals to treat corona virus patients so doctors and patients don’t get infected. I do think they enhance our way of life and make things less time consuming.
    I think it would be weird to have a conversation with artificial intelligence and work along with them. It reminds me of the movie Her where this man falls in love with an operating system. Maybe in the future we will create friendships with AI robots. I don’t think it is necessary to make AI look human. No matter how we try to make AI look human they will never be human and I think we shouldn’t force those characteristics on AI. Kokoschka used his doll but then destroyed it after and I think it helped him cope with his obsession and anger towards Alma. I guess AI can imitate friendships but will never truly be like human connections. The idea terrifies me in a way because I imagine robots will take over humans. In a way the internet is an AI because it collects data from people around the world. I think AI can help people in some areas as long as it isn’t for war or evil doings. Technology is advancing at a quick pace so it might be inevitable but it still terrifies me.

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  17. As we move further into the future, it was only inevitable we would be further advancing our technology when it comes to robotics and A.I. programs. With a world that has only been advanced thus far through the work of humans, we had to have hit a wall eventually because our bodies just cannot keep working 24/7. I am grateful on how robotic machines perform their tasks, but at the same time I am a little disheartened with how lazy and impatient it is going to make a lot of people. I would not really say that they inspire me in anyway as of now either. Whenever I see one, I more so think, “Wow. That is pretty cool,” and just go on about my day. The only thing that I am slightly worried about though is how the world’s leaders are going to go about the advancement of robotics. Knowing human greed, I think that the increased advancements in robotics has caught the eyes of many people in power and that is scary to think about for me. When robots start understanding the concept of emotions too, sounds a little scary because it could eventually replace human interaction in general.

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  18. I think it is inevitable that society will begin incorporating AI into daily life, and I think they can be useful in the future for certain tasks that we as humans would not be able to accomplish. Even today we have technology that helps make life easier, as apposed to when we didn’t have such technology available in the past. The thought of having AI that resembles the human mind doesn’t bother or encourage me, however I am interested in what inventions are to come in the future.

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  19. So many things came from advancements of technology. One can argue that they also spoil humans by being too helpful and make us do little work or none of it. However, I think it make our lives easier so we can focus on other things. On the other hand, machinery work like replicating human life is something that puts me in serious thoughts. I have always considered that humans need to develop empathy towards others, also respect and whatever it is needed to live together in peace. As the power points pointed out, the creator of the robotic “doll” was disappointed by how she was treated by visitors, and that’s what makes me uncomfortable about artificial life. Lots of people have trouble seeing other humans beings as that: human beings, and don’t treat them right. I’m afraid machinery would feed this sense, unless they are used for some kind of therapy without putting real people in danger or something like that. In addition, there’s always a certain fear of creating human-like robots because of sci-fi. Most of the time, if not all of it, movies and shows show us the price of developing machinery like this. Eventually I think most of them would be accurate, because humans do have existential thoughts and issues. Most of us have mental issues and many do horrible things to each other. So by creating beings that will resemble us definitely will lead them to question their own existence (which isn’t human) and lead to bigger issues. Maybe I’m just focusing on negative, but honestly I don’t see the point of it besides of trying and achievement new things.

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  20. Artificial intelligence has helped our society in many ways other than creating cool robotics and the latest technology in games. AI has skyrocketed medical advancements, training, and so much more that’s beneficial to our society. The modern reality of machines is inevitable because of our increasing reliance to them in our daily lives. Siri and Alexa help to make our living a little easier by creating fast shortcuts to things that usually take a little bit of time like turning off the lights downstairs or figuring out who created the smallpox vaccine. So much information is more accessible today than ever, even our own information circulates in the cloud realm. Although more and more people rely on their phones, computers, and other smart things to complete tasks for them, I think the bounty of knowledge rewarded to us from these things is all worth having these in our lives. Perhaps having a whole robot replace a loved one is a tad bit too far though, because maybe humanity would become extinct with the introduction of robot lovers (look at the population decrease of Japan). But maybe that’s for the best anyways because we’re driving Earth to extinction.

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  21. Ai and robotics as always been something that has both fascinated and scared me. Part of the reason why robotic technology is so sought after is that it can do almost anything better/faster than any human. Yes, this does help us in an economical standpoint but what happens when everything goes robotic and everybody loses their jobs? Kind of scary to think about huh. In regards to creative work/jobs, I think this will always be something done by humans. My reasoning behind this is that there is something about human emotion/feelings that lends itself to creating beautiful works of art. While a robot may be able to perfectly replicate the Mona Lisa, it will understand the true feeling in the work. In terms of Oskar Kokoschka and his robot lover, I think it is a bit odd. But hey if it works for him that I say go for it haha. It almost reminds of movies like blade runner where everybody has a robot companion. Who knows maybe this could be our future.

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  22. To be honest, my initial thought when I read about robots was very pessimistic. No one can deny that the revolution of robotics has aided in human lives in many ways, but I felt threatened that revolution, or this ongoing development of technology, will one day replace all human work. However, when I read AI or artificial intelligence, I started to question myself, “where did this intelligence come from in the first place? I believe that the creation of intelligence as well as the robot itself is a result of human creativity; it’s the mark of what we’ve put together to form a new form of object that we can use later in life. To support, we did not have any paintbrushes back decades ago; ancestors created art using their fingers or what existed around them during their historical time frame. However, we cannot say that the development of different art tools has made current artwork superior to the one before. Thus, I believe that robots can be just one form of medium that humans use to preserve and show their intelligence through.

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  23. From my perspective, creating machines and technology for the improvement of our quality of life isn’t that big of a deal, especially considering that humanity has been developing technologies for the sole purpose of improving our quality of life since the dawn of mankind. From cavemen to modern-day individuals, humans have been inventing and innovating ways to ease our work, personal, and family lives. And while I do think technology and social media can take a physical and mental toll on those who use too much of it, there are always ways to adapt and manage their uses. Our modern computers and machines are great representations of human achievement over time, and I do think that they have made a very positive impact on societies and industries in the ways that they have advanced communication, education, and medicine.
    When in it comes to A.I., and recreating human intellect artificially, I think we approach not just a lot of difficult moral questions, but legal ones too. How should A.I. be handled and treated when you’re dealing with a program that computes its actions and reactions modeled after real humans? And it’s not necessarily a question of ‘if’ A.I. will happen, but ‘when’. There are already A.I. systems being run and developed all over the world and the internet, and it’s only a matter of time and technological development before they fully replicate human intellect.
    As someone who is more on the artistic side, I don’t feel as threatened by machines and programs because machines are not quite yet able to replicate human creativity. There’s still a need for designers, artists, and creators to innovate and conceive new ideas. In history classes when we are taught about society, we are told that first, the population must develop stable home and work environments. Once that is managed, people can take leisure time for art and other recreational activities. So one way you can look at it is that technology is society’s way of improving and developing our environments so that then we can take the time for much more expressive pursuits, like art, music, and dance.

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  24. To be honest, I am very afraid and concerned about living with artificial intelligence. Of course it is helpful and beneficial to so many facets in life that I cannot imagine living without it. But for technology and artificial intelligence to invade our lives in ways that is humanizing themselves is too far for me. We should live with the technology and leave it as it is. ARTIFICIAL is the key word for me. I do not mind automation and I would support it because it helps a lot of disabled people. In a perfect world, we can let technologies and robots do remedial and repetitive tasks that damage our joints in the long run and humans can go pursue things that we enjoy and advance our societies. However, we do not live in that world and big corporations exploit what we have by replacing people with automation and expect human to take the bare minimum wage and expect them to be grateful for it.

    I do not believe that machines can understand and have feelings. It can imitate, understand, and act as if it has feelings but I do not believe they will experience feelings. That’s where it bothers me. Humans can see that an AI robot who looks and acts like us and we’ll see that “they’re in pain” and we will naturally have empathy and care towards it like it’s one of our own. But at last, they’re robots and they should not be treated as living flesh. There are too many dystopia novels and films that are written to show us what can go wrong if we integrate society with AI robots who look exactly like humans and I see them as a prophecy warning us. Only humans and living things can experience the things we do. That’s what makes us humans.

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  25. Honestly I believe its a scary thought to have this level of advance AI. They might be able to have intelligence but they can resemble human emotions and feelings. Which can be a problem because humans without empathy are scary creatures. Advanced AI would be no different. You would think that all the movies and books about AI would steer us away from this. But I guess humans aren’t as smart as we think.

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  26. I think it is human to want to keep progressing, and yes, higher forms of AI technology make sense. Robots can do what we can’t and can process information significantly faster, however AI technology isn’t developed enough today to be indistinguishable from humans. Look at the movie Ex Machina. Ava was supposed to be able to pass for human, but even a movie version of this near perfect AI talks in non sequitur at times. Today, in the real world, we have Sophia, whom is famous for saying that she wanted to destroy humans. We keep getting closer and closer to a true AI, and the best one we have wants to destroy us. I think the pursuit of AI in terms of further scientific development is a worthy endeavor, but I don’t think humans are capable of stopping there. There’s a list of internet rules and rule 41 is “Everything is someone’s fetish”. Give an AI program a body and it will become a fetish thing even though its purpose was scientific. I think the idea of AI and creating a program that resembles neurons firing is endlessly fascinating, but adding a body and creating a whole robot out of it is gratuitous . The path that AI is heading down is unnecessary, and frankly, terrifying. It’s interesting to watch the development of, but I’ll feel safer down in a bunker where Sophia can’t eviscerate me for sport.

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  27. I think it’s fascinating how far we have come in developing robotics and machinery, as well as artificial intelligence. I think there are certain tasks or jobs done by real people that are good to potentially replace with machines, but only when the job itself has many life-threatening dangers that would be safer to change. It honestly would not be bad for machines to take over a lot of tedious and strenuous tasks that humans do, but for us to do that we need to not be such a capitalistic society. When people need these jobs to make money, it’d be bad to replace them and put them out of jobs. That’s why if everyone had access to food, housing, healthcare, education etc, it’d be fine if machinery took over these jobs. But unfortunately that isn’t the case which is why I fear machinery taking over some jobs.

    On a completely thought unrelated to jobs, I think machinery is also a great tool to help disabled folks in their day-to-day lives. But if machinery like this is made to be helpful, it also needs to be accessible to everyone or else it defeats the purpose.

    Regarding the development of AI to resemble human qualities, it is a little unsettling and uncanny. But if it isn’t harming anyone I don’t see why not? But it’s also very finnicky and there are some moral issues. Being able to immortalize a lost loved-one may help someone to cope, but I think it’s disingenuous to who the person was when they were alive, and takes away from the life that they had lived. We need to come to terms with loss and mourning, and move on instead of trying to replicate someone who was likely irreplaceable in their life. At the end of the day I think it’s pretty cool if someone can recreate the human mind and artificial intelligence with all the little intricacies, but I’m not sure if we necessarily need it. I kind of went on a tangent and a little all over the place but that’s where my thoughts lead me.

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  28. I believe that a person should work all his/her life. Human serving a purpose creates the most significant balance between humans and society. While it is an undeniable fact that robots and AI make our work more comfortable, we cannot ignore that it makes us more lazy creatures. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world, and people cannot live their hobbies or pleasures at the same heights unless they do what they need. It’s more like “What would you do if you had unlimited money?” looks like the question. Mentally, a person can come out of the joint after there’s nothing you can have. This does not mean that it will always be like this. We are adaptable creatures. After the first few generations that got acquainted with this technology intensively, society’s structure and human beings will change. The existential desires of the human being will be shaped differently.

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  29. I am a bit spectacle about AI intelligence. There has been so many movies, anime shows, and games in how the robots break out because they become super intelligent and over power the humans. I feel like it has been a very popular topic for a while creating artificial life but I think it should stay as it is as a simple thought or fact of imagination.

    I feel as humans have evolved we have become way to dependent on on technology and computers. Though there is a benefit to them I feel that we should have a balance between life and technology. In example Oskar Kokoschka replacement of his late wife with an AI it just would never be able to be possible. There is so much to a human that a robot can’t do or have such as warmth and compassion. I’m sure there is science out there with research to develop and program ai to be capable of these thing but would that constrict that freedom of the ai. Even though it is a robot it would have the power to think like a human giving it the power to want to create its own free will.

    I personally am not fond of AI I do believe as humans we have come a long way with technology but it is not something we should depend on so heavily.

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  30. The robots of today to some extent scare me with people trying to make them as close to human beings as possible. Many many smart people through the years have warned us of making the machines smarter and smarter. We have been warned that if we make these robots too smart that it could be our downfall as a society. I do think it is amazing that we are able to create intelligence like this but it does worry me at times how far we will go to try and create a fully robotic AI human.

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  31. Arron Adams
    Art 473-1001
    Leaving aside the moral and ethical questions involved in creating a human-like AI for a moment (and ignoring the many works of fiction illustrating why human-like AI is a bad idea), something I always wonder when this topic comes up is: why? Surely there are enough other problems that need solving, why are we spending resources on this? Machines that perform manual labor, or do other things that can help bolster the economy, is one thing; AI is something else entirely, and I personally don’t feel like now is the time. Someday, perhaps, but not now.

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