August 04, 2009

Should we be worried about Terminators?

Long a subject of dystopian science fiction, the lack of progress in AI has been, in a word, disappointing. At least compared to books and movies written about the subject. So, should we be scared about imminent conflict between humans and AI's? No... at least, not yet.

Indeed, when Wilson chatted with Wired for War author PW Singer during our ominous Machines Behaving Deadly theme week, we learned that a Terminator uprising was unlikely to happen anytime soon because the "preconditions" simply weren't in place—yet.

"The Global Hawk drone may be able to take off on its own, fly on its own, but it still needs someone to put that gasoline in there," he said. Nevertheless, as Wilson added after that comment, "it's not hard to see how this precondition could eventually be overcome." No kidding.

Posted by mcblogger at August 4, 2009 02:13 PM

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