Artificial Intelligence: There’s Still Hope for the Human Race

Growing concern that robots will take over the world and render humans useless exaggerate the threat at hand.  Has cognitive computing and robots rapidly evolved? Yes. Computers can now challenge humans intellectually and automate tasks previously thought impossible.  While this sounds an alarm for many people, to me it’s exciting. Why fear robots that just barely have the learning capacity of a two-year-old? Robots have no common sense, no memory of earlier experiences and very limited visual processing capability.  Still many revered scientists have voiced their concerns — and justifiably. Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029 and by 2045 computers will be a billion times more powerful that unaided human intelligence. Even renowned physicist Stephen Hawking warned: “The development of full artificial intelligence (AI) could…

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