The future of the world in the shadow of robots and artificial intelligence

Science fiction is never forever. For if history is a teacher of life, as Cicero said, one of its greatest doctrines is the following: the dream of one era is the reality of another. And this has been, is and will be true for any kind of science fiction scenario put on paper by men’s heartfelt imagination. The Progress is actually a race car that has no brakes.

In 1885 the author Luis Senarens told the story of an anthropomorphic robot in Frank Reade and his electric man. Today, anthropomorphic robots are just one of the many products on the market, robotic technology, which is constantly growing and evolving.

In 1986, the father of modern science fiction, Isaac Asimovhe fantasized into Robot dreams on a positronic being able to dream and imagine the independence of his fellow human beings from their creators, that is, human beings. In 2022, with the explosion of the LaMDA case, it looks like the era of sentient and self-conscious robots is approaching. And the next step, the emergence of threats like Ultron and Skynet, could take place in the coming decades.



The future is here

If robotization is the future of the world, then wars between robots and killer robots are inevitable. It is not the insane dystopian vision of a mad scientist, but a fact that brings history to the test bench that strategists and policy makers will sooner or later have to confront. Because the national security of their states will.

In the secret laboratories of the great powers, United States in our heads we have been investing in the production of military robots for more than half a century, or rather since the Cold War, and the results are all for everyone to see: from remote-controlled aircraftcommonly known as drones, all automatic towers able to detect a hostile presence through a system of intelligent sensors.

Drones, automatic towers, and other evolving military robots do not possess the anthropomorphic features of positronic beings that Asimov imagines, but they are lethal – and that’s what counts – and advances in artificial intelligence and neurotechnology, both prerequisites and promises to exalt them, both autonomy and murderousness. Killer machines.

Atlantic Alliance, USA, Russia, People’s Republic of China; between the great powers and the great power societies has run – for years – to the killer robot, the trans- or post-human super-soldier, and the aggravation of the Third World War in pieces will only accelerate the pace of their pace and expand the scope of their horizon. Because if human guidance is required to remotely control a robot today, it may no longer be the case tomorrow – and that is precisely the source of a multitude of dystopian scenarios.

Machines that kill

That New York Times, in 2020, gave the news of a military robot produced by the Estonian Milrem Robotics, essentially a semi-autonomous automatic like any other existing existing, for which a future with freedom from human remote control is designed. In fact, the company invested and is investing in the complete automation of the long-distance driving process. Robots that control other robots. Artificial intelligences that replace human. With all the risks involved: from the car gone mad which prometely escapes the creator’s control of the machine hacked which are used for deadly purposes.

The time of Internet 5.0 is upon us, metavers and neurotechnological symbiosis are only the beginning of what will be, but today’s military research – more than anything else the turn they take – already allows us to get a glimpse of what could happen tomorrow: Deadly Cyber ​​Wars. Not science fiction, again, as much as the scenario outlined by RAND Corporation in a report that summarizes the main findings where the spotlight does not shine: sabotaged self-driving cars, insulin pumps and hacked bypasses, smart personal assistants for the home – such as. Alexa – secretly infiltrates tenants.

Ultron is not scary

Hacks that are capable of carrying out a long-range murder, carried out from the comfort of your home with a click, represent just one of the many scenarios that humanity is heading toward. For again, the R&D investments of the great powers also go in another direction, namely super-intelligent robots and artificial neural networks. And the risk that this hyper-intelligent and sentient technology could rebel precisely because it is self-conscious and capable of self-determination – an eventuality that takes the name of instrumental convergence – seems so high that the biggest brains in the field, from Elon Musk to Bill Gateshas repeatedly called on colleagues to pursue their ambitions.

However, if Musk, Gates, and co-workers have doubts and concerns about the construction of perfect robotic beings, in military circles in Russia, the People’s Republic of China, and the United States itself, there seems to be an opposite stream of thought: because, according to the latest programmatic documents from the three powers, the creation of artificial super-intelligence programmed for war purposes is considered desirable and desirable for the purpose of technological supremacy and global hegemony. In short, Skynet and Ultron seem to scare big entrepreneurs and inventors more than political decision-makers and generals.

Washington, Moscow and Beijing are divided according to geopolitics, in short, but united by one belief: the Skynet and Ultron are not nightmares to be removed, but dreams to be turned into reality. For, as Vladimir Putin declared in 2017, “he who becomes the leader of this sphere will become the lord of the world”.

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