“Artificial intelligence would be the ultimate version of Google. The ultimate search engine that would understand everything on the web. It would understand exactly what you wanted, and it would give you the right thing. We are nowhere near doing that now. However, we can get incrementally closer to that, and that is basically what we work on,”— Larry Page
We have been stuck to the idea of Terminators, and the notion that machines might eventually be catastrophic for humanity, but let us take the moment to assess if that is really true.
At this moment, we are still far away from achieving an intelligence that far supersedes that of ours, and a world run by automatons is not far from happening within our lifetime, and there’s a lot to develop in the future that will make A.I. more and more powerful and yet within our level.
In fact, Elon Musk has revealed that his company is working on its own AI-driven humanoid robot able to move with agility in the world built for humans to “perform dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks.”
The humanoid robot, called “Tesla Bot,” will be around 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) tall and weigh around 125 lb (56 kg). The feeling is that the reassuring dimensions have been chosen to avoid the disturbing Terminator effect that would have aroused a giant and mighty robot, preferring a more graceful shape instead.
But despite the gentle appearance, Musk stated that Tesla Robot would be able to carry loads up to 45 lb (20 kg), deadlift as much as 150 lb (68 kg), or hold a 10 lb (4.5 kg) weight with its arms extended. The robot will have a maximum walking speed of around five mph (8 km/h). Obviously, the Tesla Bot will be prepared with multiple internal systems, both hardware, and software to be efficient on a day-to-day basis.
For example, their hands can behave like human hands to hold objects. In addition, it has 40 electromechanical actuators, which function as a kind of joints to get around in spaces that aren’t designed for robots.
The robot will perceive the world through eight cameras and a Full Self-Driving (FSD) Computer that will receive data from a very similar suite of sensors. It will have a screen for a face, allowing it to display useful information.
Using a similar suite of AI hardware will enable Tesla to leverage the development that it is already doing in the process of delivering a fully self-driving car.
The Tesla Bot relies on neural networks to identify the objects around it and react to them in the most natural way possible. It even has a simulation system and a set of tools for constant learning. All that remains is to wait for a working prototype of Tesla Bot to be able to compare it to the automaton already shown in recent years, such as the multifaceted and agile model of Boston Dynamics.
The Future of Artificial Intelligence
This is an important development in the world of robotics, and also for space exploration. Imagine, if we can have a helping hand with machines in developing Mars as a second home next to Earth.
Tesla is essentially becoming a robotics company thanks to all of its work with artificial intelligence and fully self-driving cars that can move on their own and interact with humans, and this will make sense to us when we start becoming a multi-planetary being.
With the advancement in Artificial intelligence, it would become possible for programmers to offload more of the cognitive labor required to figure out how to accomplish a task, and will significantly advance our understanding of biotechnology, virtual life extension, and memory extraction, and more.
When it comes to forming a safe A.I., a tool A.I. is more like a servant than an agent. It is a good servant, with more flexibility and superhuman capabilities.
Stephen Hawking was known for saying this, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
Here lie our deep questions again: Why build a superintelligence that has a will of its own? Could it be possible that we can just build a superintelligence that only acts as a tool? Is it possible for A.I. to match our values?
With the advent of robots like Tesla bot, the possibility of building superintelligent tool A.I. is more and more plausible, which is a flexible software (not much sophisticated) that will enhance humanity and augment our intelligence, so as to avoid some grave issues and existential threats such as perverse instantiation, infrastructure profusion or mind crime.
However, there is a much good backup plan, if we were to avoid an A.I. haphazardly developing an agent-like capacity on its own and becoming more dangerous for humans. If we will build an A.I. who has a will of their own, it would be best to create agents on purpose.
Forming a superintelligence with an explicitly agent-like structure can be a way of increasing predictability and transparency, considering it has a well-defined and specific purpose.
A well-designed system, built with a clear separation between its values and its beliefs, would open doors for humanity to predict the outcomes that it will produce, and although it might adopt a new and obscure set of beliefs, we will still find a way to inspect its final values and evaluate any potential plan of action in the future.
This can be our last invention that could vastly affect the future of our descendants, and finding solutions for humans to co-exist with machines will be the task that we will have to anticipate now to reverse engineer the future. So, instead of machines replacing humans with their fully equipped actuators, they can work side-by-side, and in that process, we will discover uniquely human talents and ingenuity that machines will never match.
Artificial Intelligence could possibly reach human levels around 2029, and by 2050 we will double our intelligence to trillion-fold, if not quadrillion-fold, but the first prototype of the Tesla Bot is ready by the next year 2022.