Cyborgs, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, Kevin Warwick discussed his research in artificial intelligence, robotics and cyborgs. While he acknowledged that cybernetics carries with it certain concerns over privacy and independence, Warwick was optimistic about the potential for positive applications of the science and urged further research to determine those benefits. Using the example of brain-to-brain communication using computers, Warwick mused that “this is not a technological leap. It’s perhaps more of a philosophical leap, but we have to do it.” Among the topics covered by Warwick over the course of the evening were the realistic possibility for a robot uprising, the medical advancements made possible by cybernetics, and his own personal experiments with a variety of robotic implants. Looking at the current state of artificial intelligence, Warwick expressed dismay at some of the popular misconceptions surrounding AI. “I’m amazed when I hear people say ‘artificial intelligence still can’t make a cup of tea,'” he lamented, “that’s absolutely ridiculous.” Warwick countered that such simple tasks are meaningless compared to the true power of AI such as the speed of processing complex information. In that realm, Warwick declared,”machine intelligence already has the upper hand.” He also observed that many people cite Asamov’s Three Laws of Robotics as a reason why robots cannot harm humans. A bemused Warwick pointed out the fictional nature of the
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9 Replies to “Cyborgs, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics”

  1. No! I’m good with cell phones but if anything is even close to going inside my skin it is sick and nightmarish. What is the world coming to? What if some chip in your brain is hacked? People are so freakin stupid. i disagree tremendously. I would rather die than be a cyborg.

  2. Not a fan of the hollywood image of robotics, so not what robots are intended to be. Machines are robots, you know the same automated machines they are using in production/manufacturing all the time, to build all of our products we buy in store, our cars etc. and yet replacing human labor all the time to! Machines need to be used for the good of all people. Social Design is the answer. Redesign the global system.

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