In an apocalyptic future predicted by science fiction movies of the past decades, machines would reign over humans and enslave them or worse, attempt to terminate our existence as a race. That may have seemed too farfetched years ago, but now it may be closer to reality than you might think.
A future ruled by machines was shown in movies like The Terminator (1984) and The Matrix (1999); movies that became hits for the kind of fiction that they present. However, that fiction may be reaching reality quite soon with the evolution of AI and VR.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has sounded off on the evolution of Artificial Intelligence. Having previously remarked that we may be living in a stimulated reality was a huge statement of the tech-titan. However, his statement regarding Artificial Intelligence was seen a true alarm to an ominous future.
“I keep sounding the alarm, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react.”
However, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, regarded to Musk as a “naysayer”. He claimed that his negativity is unnecessary and that AI is taking good steps to ensure a better future. He pointed out that it was irresponsible for Musk to make such claims. Musk took over Twitter to reply, “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”
While it may seem that the argument between the two presents their interests, there is a depth to it that people on the outside may not be able to comprehend. Artificial Intelligence has grown rapidly in the past few years. It was not the only technology to overcome such obstacle with other technologies such as Virtual Reality and Simulation methods have also grown at a faster pace than ever before.
On March of 2016, Google’s “DeepMind”, an AI system, defeated the legendary Go player, Lee
Se-Dol in what was dubbed as a historic victory. A milestone has been reached in the field of Artificial Intelligence. While that wasn’t the first victory for AI over humans. A victory that has been forgotten was between IBM’s supercomputer “Deep Blue” and a world chess champion, Garry Kasparov where Deep Blue defeated the human champion in 1997.
However, those victories are merely for the sake of entertainment. There is nothing too worrying about them. That is, until the infamous incident that took part weeks after the talks between Zuckerberg and Musk.
To sum things up, Facebook’s AI program invented two trading robots, Alice and Bob. The two robots were being tested to trade things with one another. The researchers found that the two bots were communicating well with one another until they noticed an unfamiliarity in the language of the two. The language that was chosen for the bots to communicate in was English; yet the two began to trade the designated hats, balls and books in a different manner. In short words, they invented their own language which only they could understand.
The researchers found no way to decipher the script between the two bots which led them immediately to shut down the project. Shutting down a project that could have been altered or rebooted is a sign that shows the dangers that could be if the machines began to invent their own language.
While Facebook took immediate charge and shut down a project that it deemed dangerous, Google remains to act as “Skynet” from the Terminator franchise; a god amongst the machines with a human mind-simulation that is deemed to be too dangerous by many practitioners in the field. Perhaps the countdown until Judgement Day as prophesized in Terminator has already begun.
By: Ari Draca