Robot taught to disobey humans which could mark the era of self-aware AI

Is this the beginning of the end for humanity as we speak?

Researchers from Tufts University in Massachusetts are training robots to understand the same sensation of human beings when making a decision. This way, they will, or will not obey the commands of the human beings, which is something to be worried about. While this could be thought of as a clever approach in order to operate futuristic machines verbally without having to operate them manually, training robots to disobey commands is not exactly a smart thing to do.

If anyone has paid even an ounce of attention to the ‘Terminator’ series, then they will realize that all of humanity was wiped out since Artificial Intelligence or AI started becoming self-aware, in order to preserve its existence. Additionally, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics states the following:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

The writer later added one more law that would exceed all of the above stated laws; a robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. Some robotic scientists are actually afraid of Artificial Intelligence, fearing that the robots would become too clever. They also fear that if robots’ intelligence factor is not going to be the primary reason, then it is their ignorance that will lead to more human deaths if they are given control over specific things.

In order to prevent this, these researchers at Tufts University’s Human-Robot Interaction Lab have been developing a specific type of programming for robots that enables them to understand that they can reject a command from a human if they have a good enough reason for it. However, this reason might translate into protecting their own existence if they develop a much broader intelligence that their presence is being threatened.

Furthermore, the programming of these robots in order to keep them within the parameters of human control might not be sufficient since it is also possible for robots to override such commands. Whatever the case maybe, scientists should start preparing themselves for the worst.

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  1. This ‘self awareness’ and the AI memes are complete BS. These are machines that are programmed. Human’s do the programming. The programming is clever but it by no means is true self awareness.

  2. Is your Windows operating system “self-aware”? Because it is designed to not do things you tell it to because they’re “unsafe” (one of many examples: deleting files currently in use by a program). No, that doesn’t even come CLOSE to making it self-aware? Then stop pushing this nonsense.

    • This robot isn’t “disobeying” commands, not in the sense articles like this imply. It’s simply OBEYING its programming. That programming includes taking input from someone, taking input from the sensors that detect what’s in front of it, and either obeying its programming by moving forward or obeying its programming by outputting sounds that an English-speaker would interpret to be a refusal to move. It has no sense of what disobeying even is, no sense of a person being there with authority to boss it around, let alone self, and it never will.

  3. The problem isn’t the development of a robot that can unexpectedly go rogue. The problem is someone programming one or an army of robots to do destructive things. Will groups like ISIS acquire and program robots to commit mass murder in the future? Will countries use specialized robots instead of troops in wars?

  4. This robot did not disobey, it obeyed after explaining it’s issue to the human and the human told it that he would catch it. That was not disobeying.

  5. “If anyone has paid even an ounce of attention to the ‘Terminator’ series, then they will realize that all of humanity was wiped out since Artificial Intelligence or AI started becoming self-aware and wiped out the entire human race in order to preserve its existence”
    Anyone who has paid even an ounce of attention to the “Terminator” series knows that “all of humanity” was NOT “wiped out” because there is a Resistance movement led by John Connor.


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