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is there any conclusive evidence for a robot uprising in out near future? if so, what can we do about it?

a lot of prominent roboticists are saying that robots will invade our lives. is there a possibility of a robot uprising sooner than 2019? and what will we do about it? and how are robots getting faster and smarter than us every day unitll eventually they surpass us?

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  • Oct 5 2012: would it be possible to program each robot with the 3 laws?
    • Oct 5 2012: In my opinion, no, all we can do is program them with a strong inclination towards acting in the spirit of those laws.
      • Jon Ho

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        Oct 6 2012: Actually yes, we can hard-code robots with the 3 laws. Just like humans are genetically hard coded to have 2 hands and legs, instead of sprouting a pair of wings or flippers and gills. ;)

        PS:
        I stand corrected; it seemed that you humans have the ability to modify your genes to grow an extra arm or eyes, even sprout wings and gills. This means the same thing for the robots. ;(
        • Oct 6 2012: You're not making much sense. You can't compare legs to instinct. Humans can overcome every single bit of their instincts to adapt to new situations.
      • Jon Ho

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        Oct 6 2012: Try this:
        Human Brain Capabilities = Robot Machine Learning
        Human DNA = Robot Hardware BIOS

        Instinct is a learnable skill. In fact, when I think about it, humans are basically wet robots. Humans have DNA that tells them they have one head, two arms, and two legs. Computer have BIOS that tells them they have 1 hard disk, 1 memory stick, a keyboard and a mouse, we can extrapolate computer to robot.

        Do I make more sense or is it getting fuzzier?
        • Oct 6 2012: I'm not gonna "try" that because it's not true.
      • Jon Ho

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        Oct 6 2012: Ok, since you must be an expert in robotics, I shall defer to your obviously superior knowledge in robot design and programming. ;)
        • Oct 6 2012: It doesn't take an expert to see that your comparisons are flawed at a fundamental level. Incidentally, I do know how to build a computer, write code and the basics of machine learning, that makes me by no means an expert but I know enough to dispel your claims.
      • Jon Ho

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        Oct 6 2012: As do I. In fact, I have written some codes for a* pathfinding for a game some times back in C, simulated neural networks with machine learning on an IBM mainframe, believed in Marvin Minsky and Herbert Simon et al. Currently hiring out my biosynthesis expertise to a local biotechnology corporation, who recently entered into a collaboration with California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. Being a polymath, ie. coding my own genetic synthesizer led me to conclusion that you humans are robots made out of meat and blood instead of silicon and copper wire. But I will nevertheless defer to your expertise, nonetheless.

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