Hong Kong Fair Report: The Future of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
Hanson points to the history of animatronics as a favorite in amusement park attractions, and the ancient tradition of creating rudimentary human animatronics. “We are hardwired for face-to-face interactions,” he says.
The key to jumping future hurdles will be driving intelligence. Science has not yet created artificial human-level intelligence but, according to the evidence thus far, it is possible. Hanson demonstrated a foreseeable timeline for accomplishing human-level intelligence, genius-level intelligence, and above-genius-level intelligence. The Singularity, he says, is likely and even inevitable.
Though much of Artificial Intelligence culture illustrates a fearsome future of human-dominating robots, Hanson says there are precautions developers can take to avoid a “Skynet” situation. “Will they be friendly?” he asks. “We must create machines of caring, compassion, wisdom and love.”