Will Machines Overtake Humans or Modern Robots Are Not Smarter Than 2-Year-Old? Discussion at the Davos WEF

Artificial Intelligence robots will overtake humans during the near future as Stuart Russell, a computer science professor at Berkeley University predicted in a session in the World Economic Forum today in Davos. The professor who is well-known for his contribution in the academic field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics cited studies where computers had “the ability to hypothesize the real world and infer the shape of it.”

He expressed his concerns about such possible evolution claiming that the biggest threats will be the development of robots that will be able to target by themselves in sophisticated ways. The second terrible threat will be the automation of white collar jobs.

More positive about the future of the humankind appeared Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology and participator of the debate when she supported that “maybe sometime in the future computers will learn to be smart but at the moment they are not even as smart as a two-year-old.” She claimed that human beings are unique in combining processing power with emotional insights and moral codes, without taking into consideration the instructions they receive.

Ken Goldberg, professor of News Media at UC Berkeley added that there are several categories of concern and one of those is humour. “I don’t think we will ever see a robot telling a great joke” he concluded.

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