However, they may not be as fanciful as you might think. The question is being discussed by some of the world’s leading thinkers: will robots become so powerful that there comes a time when they will be more capable than humans and being to take over?
Artificial Intelligence and robots are amazing tools that we increasingly rely on to do everyday jobs such as drive cars, solve problems, clean houses, give us directions, and so much more.
According to filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin in his new documentary, “The Truth About Killer Robots” automation is killing our species.
The film is also the first ever to be narrated by a robot -- a possible sign of what's to come in the motion picture industry.
The documentary is a cautionary tale about automation and looks at what robots will be able to do in the future.
The movie considers the 3 laws for robots first imagined by Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story "Runaround," which states that machines must not harm humans. It presents the viewpoints of engineers, journalists, philosophers and, through archival footage, Asimov himself.
Pozdorovkin points to deaths at a car factory in Germany, in self-driving Tesla vehicles and from an explosives-carrying robot used by Dallas police to end an armed standoff. The film raises important questions about accountability, legality and morality.
The economic benefits of automation and robotics are easy to understand. Robots perform tasks faster and more productive. But what will happen to all of the people who lose their jobs to automation?
The case of the Dallas police attaching explosives to a bomb disposal robot and sending it into a building to kill a man who ambushed a group of officers was described in media reports cited in the film as a "watershed moment in police tactics." It was the first time American police used a robot to kill anyone; but probably not the last.
But it was what came afterward that interested Pozdorovkin: the Dallas police chief asked the city council for more technology, not officers, to respond to future threats. Does this mean we’ll soon be all policed by robots instead of humans? Is this the future of law enforcement?
Last month, more than 100 technology leaders, including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, signed an open letter calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of artificially intelligent weaponry. Musk has tweeted that he fears a global arms race for artificial intelligence will cause the third World War – an apocalyptic fight not unlike the one envisioned in the opening of Terminator.
Robots and Artificial Intelligent are a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that car accidents , cancer, warfare, alcohol and drugs are now harmful. Most people reject the ideas of killer robots – or just don’t want to think about – but it’s a real problem that we need to discuss and solve.