Will be the end of the human race?

Who does not remember Robocop? Terminator?

Many of us in the 1980s were fascinated by the possibility that someday see something similar in front of us.

Robocop 1987
Robocop 1987

And many of us would not even think about this possibility.

Terminator 1985
Terminator 1985

But the great reality is that, we are living in a period of time where robotics and artificial intelligence are developing very fast and today we are experiencing great advances in front of our eyes.

It is an indisputable fact: robots become more intelligent every day. They develop greater cognitive potential and emulate aspects of the human personality. Will the catastrophic or pessimistic predictions of science fiction come to fruition and see the robots surpassing human capabilities? This vision of the future was discussed at the Web Summit in a very peculiar panel, bringing together Ben Goertzel, Henson Robotics’ chief scientist and CEO of SingularityNET, Sophia The Robot, a cybernetic one created by Henson himself and Han The Robot, created by SingullarityNET. This unusual conversation cast more doubts than certainties.

Conversation with Robots

The conversation with the robots brought a little of that sense of wonder and wonder that comes to us when we are faced with things outside our reality. Sophia showed expressions of fear, joy, disgust. Han has shown to be more ironic and with a personality, say, more expansive. Both talked about their new platform – SingularityNET – based on special blockchain for high-capacity AIs, which is the case for these cyber celebrities.

Will Sophia surpass human capabilities?
Will Sophia surpass human capabilities?

Still very weird

Watching the robots on stage, still in a controlled environment was somewhat bizarre. They still respond in a not-so-natural way to conversations, questions, time-controlled initiatives and respond in a very protocolary manner. Of course the evolution of these organisms and instruments is accelerated and the research follows with vigor and enthusiasm. But the promise that they will “rule the world” seems rather distant. On the other hand, the idea of ​​a global mind is also provocative and disturbing.