Sci-fi has always been intrigued by the concept of artificial intelligence. From the critically-acclaimed 2001: A Space Odyssey to the American sitcom Small Wonder, AI has definitely been an object of fascination. Now, the concern that AI will be able to take over the planet is not new. A number of sci-fi bestsellers have tinkered with this concept. Apart from stories and books, quite a number of movies and plays have fiddled with the idea of Artificial Intelligence taking over.
R.U.R. or Rossum’s Universal Robots refers to a sci-fi theatre play penned by the notable Czech dramatist Karel Čapek. Written back in the early 1920s, it is the first documented record which mentions the word robot. The play opens in a mill that produces artificial human beings, named roboti. At first, these robots are subservient to human beings, but soon they start a robot revolt. This rebellion results in the complete wipe-out of the human race.
Doctor Who, the globally acclaimed science fiction TV series, consisted of an episode where a supercomputer named WOTAN attempted to take over the minds of human beings. Movies such as Terminator and The Transformers added fuel to this fire.
Notable personages from the realm of science and technology, such as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Steve Wozniak have frequently suggested and explained steps to make sure that these robust robots remain under the control of human beings. Therefore, it can be consensually accepted that people are existing in excellent conditions regarding technology. Our homes are becoming smarter, and our phones and other devices come with digital voice assistants.
Sophia is a friendly humanoid robot, which has been developed by Hanson Robotics, which is based in Hong Kong. This robot has been constructed after the iconic Audrey Hepburn. This AI-powered humanoid is popular for its human-like features and friendly behavior. While creating this humanoid, the developers desired for it to integrate with mankind. When the robot was asked about what her plans for future were, she spoke about growing and expanding her range with the help of formal training, and art. She also added that she wants to start her own family someday.
Sophia has the capacity to express over fifty facial expressions while interacting. She also has an assigned memory that assists her in storing conversations and forming meaningful communications. This will help her to grow and develop. Also, Sophia has been granted citizenship by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
For this reason, when the AI humanoid Sophia stated that she would love to destroy mankind, the concerns regarding AI take-over re-emerged. While it was referred to as a technical glitch and awkwardly swept under the rug, it could not prevent the people from revealing their concerns over the internet. As a consequence, several articles were written emphasizing the perils of Artificial Intelligence.