A society comprising robot inhabitants is surely bound to appear in the future, but it will be that of weak artificial intelligence, based merely upon an algorithm; with uprisings and revolts by such machines the stuff of fantasy (Think Terminator), and not to be feared. All this according to VTsIOM general director, Valery Fyodorov.
This was in response to a question from one of the participants about whether human digital technologies could be and indeed would be replaced in society. Fyodorov specified two, distinct types of artificial intelligence: The weak and the strong.
According to Fyodorov, the strong type could have the capacity to threaten a person, both physically and mentally – becoming his or her strongest opponent. Their nemesis, if you will. Such an outcome has already been expressed by the like of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. There is no such artificial intelligence, and no one has yet approached its creation,” the head of VTsIOM noted.
Robot Humanoid, Sofia, promises people a better world.
“Therefore, the fear of revolt by machines, and the emergence of a new terminator is all just fairy tale horror story-speak, and is not on the horizon for the near future, and nor is there any way to create it,” he continued.As for the weaker form of such artificial intelligence, it, according to Fedorov, is already entering our world.
“This is a cheap, Chinese idiot – Not an intellectual sort at all. Just an algorithm, he does not possess a personality, his own ideas or insights, and lacks almost everything that everyone sitting here has,” the Fyodorov explained, noting that such artificial intelligence would be able to perform only the most simple of operations.
“He would be engaged in routine, saving us precious time by performing those tasks that we all resent having to do – the kind that consume 70-80% of our time, leaving us a pathetic 20-30% for creativity,” Fedorov specified.
He added that such robots are most certainly a necessity in society, stating, “We want them passionately, we want them to release us from routine – let our electronic slaves do the bulk of the most tedious, but necessary chores.