The other day a post was put up on how the Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance company replaced 34 of its employees with AI systems to take over repetitive tasks associated with accounting. That this insurance company released 34 of its employees wasn’t the reason for the post. What is worth observing is that AI systems are replacing people in what can be seen as AI systems including robots, eventually replacing humans all together. There is no better example of this question on AI systems and robotics replacing humans, than going back 17 years ago when the then CEO of Sun Micro Systems, Bill Joy, wrote his essay “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” which first appeared in Wired magazine.
In Europe, MEPs at the European Parliament have voted in favor of a draft report that “proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as ‘electronic persons'”. As AI systems progress and become extremely advanced, quantum computing will at some point “breathe a soul into robots” in what Geordie Rose, Founder of D-Wave, calls “quantum computers exploiting other worlds.” When these “other worlds” (parallel universes, or other realities of which there are thousands if not millions) are tapped into by quantum computers that Geordie Rose is working on at D-Wave, will machines using AI coupled with quantum computing build “machines” like us? Geordie Rose at D-Wave believes it is possible, so are we back to that age old question of God vs man? Some would think so, especially Anthony Patch who believes scientists are “flirting with disaster” by creating machines that have human attributes and beyond. Geordie Rose in the video clip posted below gives his presentation on why Bill Joy in his essay mentioned above Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us, might be entirely correct.
We’re flirtin’ with disaster…it looks like self-destruction and makes no sense to me…you’re no longer needed….