We are all caught up in a robotic moment — or better said, a true revolution.
We have noted this a number of times before. It can’t be overstated. In this regard, the world is changing rapidly and ominously.
While many discuss a future of “artificial intelligence” — and its potential threats — we are already there.
Do you not find yourself in a milieu, almost alien at times, in which you are regularly and even constantly interacting with machines that answer your calls, calculate for you, deposit money for you, search phone numbers for you, a world in which we personally communicate with increasing rarity, opting instead to e-mail or Facebook or text or forced to do so by everyone and everything? There are many benefits and conveniences and things to like about it. Who can drive any longer without GPS? Yet:
Corporations are out of touch with humanity. We all are.
When we shop on-line, it’s robotic intelligence carrying forth the order (and in large part, even packaging it). When the doctor calls, it might be a machine instead of a nurse. When we go somewhere, our phones tell us where to turn and precisely how far we have yet to go.
And so we barrel towards a tomorrow that will bring us not just artificial intelligence on the phone but artificial beings.
Inventors and manufacturers are now working feverishly on robots that resemble humans to the point where they may one day be difficult to recognize, as we have discussed in the past. It can be unnerving.
“The clip shows the stoop-backed robot making its way past the cameraman, with ominous music playing in the background. Its black and orange limbs, hi-tech-looking protrusions along its spine, and its hollowed out head all lend to the realism, bringing to mind Boston Dynamics’ latest scary creations. But then the camera zooms in on its face plate, and that’s where you might feel a slight urge to scream and run, because set in the near-featureless white mask are two moving, human-like eyes.
“Naturally, some users’ reaction was ‘WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE.'”
The most recent entry: a robot with eye pupils that react to light and that sweats, bleeds, and can urinate. Unpackaged, another hatches like a baby animal and inspires actual cuddly affection (made to become part of the family, one narrator says).
There are now “robot brothels”: machines fashioned to take the place of men and women for sexual pleasure — a new low in human immorality.
Anything that humanizes machines and dehumanizes humans is wrong — and dangerous.
The biggest issue will be the integration of robotics with actual human flesh and neurological tissue (transhumans) — completing the alienation from what God originally created; placing Man as God and robots as humans.