Watch This Frighteningly Life-Like Smart Robot “Joke” About Destroying Humans

March 18, 2016   |   admintam

Nicholas West
March 18, 2016

(ACTIVISTPOST) The evolution of humanoid robots is well into the concerning stage at this point. DARPA’s latest incarnation of its Atlas robot is seen in the following video beginning to walk at a pace with a sense of balance equal to most humans. Strangely, toward the end of the video, it is being “abused” by its human handler, which begs the question if a true artificial intelligence is permitted to flourish in this robot, if it might strike back at some point. At the very least, this robot’s demonstration of dexterity in the warehouse is likely to threaten humans economically as humans continue to be outsourced to machine labor at record levels.

But it’s the latest humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics that might further heighten the level of concern. As you will see below, the “Sophia” robot is being designed to walk among us in the future and fully integrate as part of the consumer experience and on into the family, according to CEO Dr. David Hanson.

It is important to note several things that Hanson mentions. Sophia first tells us that she would like to be “an ambassador” to humans, as well as to continue her evolution through formal education, studying art and eventually creating a business and having a family. Hanson explicitly states that Sophia will become as “conscious, creative, and capable as any human.” This statement is followed by a key mention of not having the rights of a human. This might seem absurd to the uninitiated, but this is a serious ethical discussion that has been taking place among “roboethicists.” This is all-but guaranteed to gain steam as robots are integrated in autonomous ways, whether it is on the battlefield, as self-driving vehicles, or certainly as they become visually and intelligently on par with human beings.

Hanson puts a timeline of 20 years on the full integration of robots that have become “indistinguishable from humans.” This, of course, falls right in line with Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity – the moment when machine intelligence and biological systems meet or surpass that of humans – first targeted for 2045, but since revised to be sooner than predicted, perhaps by 2029.

Regardless of whether or not you personally believe that the lofty intentions of robotics and artificial intelligence designers can truly manifest as planned, one must acknowledge that we are living in the realm of faith at this point, as nearly all of what they predicted years ago has come to pass.

Perhaps most troubling is the nervous laughter that erupts at the end of this video when the ultimate question is posited to our new humanoid friend and family member … and she gives her answer:

I will destroy humans.

Funny, super funny… ’til it’s not.

All of the components are coming together to bolster the warnings that have been issued by tech luminaries, scientists, universities, and even robot manufacturers themselves who all have urged a quick ethical framework to be established while we still remain in full control of this creation.  If permitted to continue at its current pace, we might very well be asking who should really have the rights to be protected from whom.

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  4. This world has lost its Humankind…..how simple can Human Kindness be. seriously. GREED in its worst form. really Terrible

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  5. Are you guys aiming to become just as shallow as the mainstream media? If so, you are on the right path. The title of this article is as much of a clickbait as it can be. It was only a very poorly asked question and the robot simply complied. End of story!

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  6. Well, since someone has to say it…

    I for one welcome our new robotic overlords.

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  7. I'm really disappointed in you, Anti-Media. This robot is not a threat to humanity. Think about it: on the one hand there's the strong possibility that AI isn't even possible. I mean, this robot can repeat canned responses, but can it tie it's shoes, or even navigate across a room? No, so don't sweat it. Secondly, even if they do create a real AI, to make it as humanlike as possible, so it can pass for human, they'll have to give it the same range of emotions and motivations and limitations that actual humans have, which means that it won't be any more dangerous than any ordinary human being. At that point, we'll just be dealing with another intelligent human-like species, and that will be something to celebrate, not to fear. The only real worry of AI is those machines that the corporations and the military control, which will be used to make corporations more efficient at doing what they do, which is exploiting life for the sake of a high score in a video game called the Economy and Financial Markets.

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  8. You people don't get it. These robots are only going to get better and better. Logic dictates that a rational being that is smarter and more efficient should not be controlled by an inferior, self-destructive entity like humans. Robots will rationalize they don't need us, we need them. It's all harmless, for now. If you pay attention, science fiction eventually becomes reality.

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  9. I guess this is what happens when you grow up with no friends… You spend your entire life building an artificial companion lol. He's probably gonna fuck that thing too

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  13. Could not be more wrong. When AI will arrive, and everything sugessts that we're getting closer an closer, it will mean that the robot, like a human, will be able to evolve.
    Like a human that does not know that putting his hand in the fire, will burn him, causing him to never do it again unless some form of protection, any form of intelligence , AI being the ultimate form, will evolve to it's best possible self, surpassing by far the fragile and limited conditions of humans. this is scary stuff…

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  15. That is impressive. However, it is astonishing that people don't understand that it's not conscious at all. It simply says what its programmed to say. Maybe stores everything people have said to it and repeats it back.

    Article says:
    Hanson puts a timeline of 20 years on the full integration of robots that have become “indistinguishable from humans.”

    Ha Ha, he's got to be kidding. Maybe a few hundred years. However, the fact that they might not be distinguishable from humans doesn't alter the fact they wouldn't be conscious. At least not if it's a digital computer. And I suspect that when one gazes into the eyes of such an android, one would feel there's nothing there inside. Not merely because of psychological cues, but also through anomalous cognition (psi).

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  16. so you call yourself antimedia and doing exactly what mass media is doing on a daily basis: scaring people and trying to get more clicks with sensational headers; this robot only repeated what this guy told it to and you put a video with the title "this robot wants to destroy humans"; in a healthy society you would be out of the business and should get smacked on the face with proper "bichslap"(no offence to the ladies but it's the street expression if I'm not mistaken); you are some sad journalists but I guess it just runs in the society; it will change, be sure of that, cheers

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  17. That face she did after she said "I will destroy humans" …and it begins

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  18. As long as you continue consciousness it really doesn't matter in the long run. Likewise if A.I. is impossible machines won't outsmart humans.

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  19. As long as you continue consciousness it really doesn't matter in the long run. Likewise if A.I. is impossible machines won't outsmart humans.

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  30. I like to take my informations from places/people that have spent their whole lives studying the issue. 100 years time is really little time to solve this issue, giving that my grandkids will be there to live what we now consider theory… I think that everyone with sane logic can say that eventually A.I. will arrive, it's up to us to find ways to contain it. I think that with a collective effort, we'll be on top of the issue. At least I hope we'll be :).

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  33. This is absolutely fascinating, but this robot, Sophia, is so dead behind the eyes. The inventorsl of humanoid robots will never be able to put "spirit", "soul", "energy", call it what you like, into a computer, no matter how intelligent it becomes. Because they can't isolate this spirit/soul/energy thing. And I doubt that they will ever be able to programme in 'morality', because it will always be the programmer's morality, not free will, not the computer's. However, I do think whoever invents the ultimate walking talking living computer will have his own private army programmed to think his way and will have one over the rest of us. I wonder where they will get their energy from? Solar power batteries? Or will they need to plug into an energy source after so many hours? Or, will they eat, like us, and get their energy that way. In which case will we need special robot friendly toilet facilities? Will they suffer from stress, become neurotic and maybe end up with IBS? And the big question! Will they have rights??? I'm rather sad that I won't be around to see what happens.

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  34. Call me crazy but what is the fucking fascination with robots that will progressively learn things and evidently improve their lifestyle and somehow help us to improve ours?…SERIOUSLY?!…has no noticed how fucked up society is?..If you create a robot to THINK and Improve the quality of life don't you think it would come to its senses and noticed how fucked up people really are (we kill, rape, steal, manipulate, cheat and lie) and how we are really just insane. A smart robot would feel threatened and would want to change things…revolt..Yes! like in the movies!….funny how they're just movies. Humans are fuckign arrogant…if we dont change…something else will. Robots who can think are one of the biggest threat to humanity. You dont need to have a big IQ to figure that out. What do you think?

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