Future of Media|| Artificial Intelligence
Everyday something new rises up, new technology, a new trend or a new form of art. It is not that we are shocked by this, but we expect Media to improve or advance, and to a certain degree our standards are a bit high.
The toy industry is currently incorporating traditional mediums with Virtual Reality (VR), bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In Hong Kong's Toy fair HKTDC (2017), the largest Toy Fair in Asia and second largest in the world, around 2120 companies from 45 different companies attended the fair, showcasting all their innovations.
Parents are now interested in smart tech games in hopes it would help their kids at learning. Hence it switched the industry's focus toward educational toys, incorporating Virtual Reality, animation and video with traditional mediums.
Recently in Hong Kong's Tech show RISE (2017), two robots debated each other on the future of humans, including other topics. I actually have seen the female (Sophia) robot previously, in a video that has gotten a large attention online, where it (she?) says, "Okay, I will destroy humans."
The common trend in the RISE tech conference this year is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the conversation exchanged between the robots took the AI debate to a whole new level. The robots have been programmed to joke around and learn from each other, and as seen in the video they have been trained to act as human as possible through learning from movies and Youtube videos.
What might have taken you by surprise is how far technology has come to achieve that level of realism with the skin - including the humorous expressions. The Robots' skin is being controlled by dozens of motors, as the computers located in their torsos aid in movement and sight. The AIs are also connected to Wi-Fi and have access to Cloud, where they will eventually share knowledge.
Ben Goertzel, Head of Hanson Robotics, predicts that in three years robots could become "as smart as people." Furthermore, according to David Hanson, CEO and founder of Hanson Robotics, "the machines' onstage repartee was only part scripted and is just a taste of things to come."
Before sharing my opinion on whether AI is beneficial or risky, I would like to clarify what AI is. AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, which is according to Oxford dictionary, "The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages." So AI is not only limited to human like robots, and it includes anything from Google's search algorithm to SIRI.
I strongly believe that in the near future scientists are going to create robots that look like humans and are highly intelligent. Many are quite worried of robots becoming a part of our daily life, due to the many sci-fi movies where robots try to destroy humans. However, I believe AI is going to help our society to become more productive and efficient.
A huge misconception about AI is that they could get highly intelligent to the point they decide to take over the human race or worse, destroy humans. However, an AI cannot inflict harm unless it was programmed to do so and same goes with taking over the world. Which is one of the ways a robot can cause be dangerous, if it was programmed to cause harm. Another way a robot could be dangerous, is if they were programmed to do something "good" but achieves its task through a destructive method. a computer is literal, unlike humans, so when asking an automatic car to drive you somewhere as fast as possible don't be surprised if you were being chased by cops.
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The robot discussion has been going on for a while, and I would recommend you to read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by the American author Philip K. Dick. It is a novel set in a post-apocalyptic Sans Fransisco, where Earth has been damaged after a nuclear war. The story follows a man, called Rick Deckard, as he kill 6 escaped androids. The novel opens up a discussion on whether killing androids, even though they have no feelings, is morally wrong.
The novel has been adapted into a movie called "Blade Runner" in 1982, and currently a sequel of the movie is going to be released on the 6th of October.
I decided to mention this novel due to the themes and topics the two robots debated. They share great similarities in the narrative, Humans and robots will eventually have to coexist together.