Artificial intelligence can bring Skynet to life, reality or myth?
Is it possible that as a Skynet in the movie TerminatorDo the machines become aware of themselves and start a war against humans to exterminate them? Should we fear artificial intelligence or is it just a myth?
There are many science fiction films and novels that have shown us artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity and Terminator It is one of those stories that offer us an apocalyptic panorama.
In 1984 the director James Cameron brought a movie to the screen whose main antagonist is Skynet, a Supercomputers programmed to exterminate humanity.
In the film with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Skynet is the artificial intelligence that leads the army of machines that aim to attack civilization and make it disappear. It becomes self-aware and controls the United States military arsenal with complete independence from humans.
The truth is that cinema has shown us this type of plot for decades; where super-intelligent computers can relate to men, put themselves in their service, and devise evil plans to destroy them.
Another cinematic example is The Matrix, a story published in 1999 based on a premise very similar to that of Terminator: As soon as they are aware of themselves, the machines rebel against their creator, declare war on them and in the end defeat them. Another feature film in which we are viewers again A virtual world created by machines to control humanity.
But do we really have to fear artificial intelligence?
The hypotheses and ideas about the automation go back centuries from the Leonardo Da Vinci’s automatons and Jules Verne’s fantastic stories who confessed to not being particularly proud “After writing about the car, the submarine, and the airship before getting into the realm of scientific reality.” The father of science fiction expressed that when he called them something real in his books, these subjects were half invented.
And the fact is that for many years people have proposed different theories about how far the new frontiers of knowledge can take us and how far we can progress.
Another example was Nikola Tesla, who is considered the inventor of modernity and the greatest Geek of history, which also had a very futuristic worldview.
During an interview in 1926, he confidently predicted, “If wireless technology is used perfectly, the whole earth will become – and it is – one giant brain – and all things will be particles of a real whole and rhythmic. We can communicate with each other immediately, regardless of the distance. Not only that, but through television and telephony, we can see and hear each other as perfectly as if we were face to face, even though the distances they measure are thousands of kilometres… ”
The truth is that to this day it is very difficult to know exactly what our relationship to any technological development will be. Hence the debate between theorists and highly respected figures in the industry continues.
One who warns of a possible negative role for artificial intelligence in the future is Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla.
“Artificial intelligence threatens the existence of our civilization. I think that people, in general, underestimate the ability of artificial intelligence and think that it is a smart person. But there will be a lot more. It will be a lot smarter than the smartest person, “Musk said at the AI World Conference 2019 in Shanghai, China.
Like musk, other theorists suggest that in 15 or 25 years the machines will surpass the human intellect and they can be perfected quickly without human intervention.
However, many technology specialists are distancing themselves from the apocalyptic idea of viewing artificial intelligence as a threat. Some of them argue that mathematical algorithms that allow a robot to act autonomously, generally not to destroy or wage war, but to make people’s life easier.
One of the characters who support this idea is Jeff Bezos, Creator and CEO of Amazon. He believes that “the development of artificial intelligence is experiencing an incredible renaissance and is beginning to solve problems that once seemed like science fiction,” according to what was published on CNBC. For Bezos, robots and automation offer people a better quality of working life, new opportunities and an improvement in global prosperity.
And is it true that robots have existed for a long time and coexist with us and still do not resemble Skynet at all?
Companies that develop artificial intelligence are responsible for developing technology that, in addition to learning and adapting, also They strive to improve people’s quality of life.
Ideally, imagine a world as shown by at the end of the video game Mortal Kombat 11. When the Terminator as a machine realizes that they are beginning to take over the world, he understands the need to build a future where machines and people do not fight, but where they work together, coexist and learn to live in harmony.
As researcher Ana Valdivia says, We need to demystify artificial intelligence and stop viewing it as a threat.