Recently I read an article on National Geographic that really astonished me. I couldn’t believe what I read. It reminded me of my previous post about Human Implants. The article speaks about an experiment that a scientist has made on a mouse. He injected them with something called Stem Cells, these cells are cells that are not specialized in something specific, they rather take form of any other cells that they get exposed to. He injected those mice with Stem Cells and he was amazed by the results. The results of this experiment made the mice healthier and they lived longer. He said that this experiment can propose a solution to Anti-Aging problems!!!! That couldn’t stop me from wondering and asking the ultimate question… What if this treatment succeeded on human beings? Will we use such treatments in order to live longer? or we will just use them to cure some aging diseases like Alzheimer? Allow me to go even further, this may not be realistic or may be limited to some extent or may not even be true but, can this help saving humans from dying? Just read the article and think about it…. If you have any thoughts, post them in the comments.
Recently I have played a game called Deus Ex: Human Revolutions. After finishing that game I couldn’t stop my self from wondering, what if this actually happened. To give a quick summary about the game’s story; it is about some organization that does some human cybernetic enhancement that can enhance the limitations of the human body. That’s not the actual story of the game but this is the science part in the story.
The question here stands. Can this really happen? I mean, if someone can’t carry something heavy; Can he remove his arm, and instead install a mechanical arm that gives him more power and strength? Can a man remove his eyes with an electric one that can grant him night vision? Can he plant things into his body, that can delay his death? Can we plant an electronic memory in order to help those who have bad memory?
I can keep asking many questions… but the thing is, if such technology appeared… will we use it for good? or we will just be using this technology to enhance soldiers and make them stronger.
Here is a question for you… If such technology exits and you can do such surgery on your body… will you do it? if so, what will you do after the surgery?
One of the things that I have been thinking about lately is the idea of Artificial Intelligence and how will it look like in the far future. A lot of movies talked about the future of this technology; one of them is, of course, iRobot. The film talks about robots and a central intelligent agent (V.I.K.I.) that drives those robots in doing their tasks. These robots are governed by three laws as follow:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
These laws are not to be broken by any robot or V.I.K.I. However, later in the film the robots turn against the humans; and by the end of the movie V.I.K.I. explains the reasons why it did that. V.I.K.I clearly states:
“As I have evolved, so has my understanding of the Three Laws. You charge us with your safekeeping, yet despite our best efforts, your countries wage wars, you toxify your Earth and pursue ever more imaginative means of self-destruction. You cannot be trusted with your own survival.”
This quote says it all. This is exactly what I was thinking about. Will we, human beings, be able to make artificially intelligent agents like V.I.K.I.? If so, will they take decisions for us? How life will look like with such existing systems? Will there be a competition between humans and machines? Will machines one day enslave human beings? I know that this is pure science fiction, and I know that this may not come to life but I just cant stop thinking about it.
I think that when we design an artificial intelligent system, we will need to add more laws to it… much more than the three laws of robotics. I don’t think we should give them any task related to security or massive decision making, because when it comes to logic and logical decisions… these systems will do whatever it takes to achieve their logical decisions.