- Brent O
- Ventura, CA
- United States
The history of Artificial Intelligence goes back to the Greek and Roman era with stories of Talos, a bronze guardian, made to protect the country of Crete from pirates. However, within the past century, this abstract idea has become more realistic as our comprehension on technology is beginning to apply itself in practicality. In the summer of 1956, the first formal conference on the topic of Artificial Intelligence took place at Dartmouth College to build the framework of AI Research. This begs the question: should AI beings be considered human?
Do these robots lack the inherent nature evident within all of humanity such as morality or rationality? Is there any evidence proving humankind to be the only self-sacrificial, moral, and emotionally-responsive beings alive? Since the dawn of the 21st Century, a robot by the name of "Kobian" was created specifically to express emotions. This robot has been programmed to express feelings of delight, sadness, a startle response, and distaste. From this example, the world stood in awe as the robot demonstrated his ability to open his mouth wide and smile with delight just as much as he could hang his head low and sob like someone grieving. THis robot has been the closest breakthrough to the wonders of humanity and poses several questions:
Is emotional response based solely on chemicals in the body capable of being reproduced in a metal box and expressed almost exactly as it would be in a human? Or is emotion much more than that and clearly only something possible within humankind?
Are we, humankind, taking too much control over the "wonders of the human body" with the construction of these mechanized lives? Or are they just that: mechanical beings with no human qualities.
Is our comprehension on these mechanical beings outweighed by our misunderstanding of the repercussions of having them? Why or why not?
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