Kuri rolled along the rough rocks of his home planet, zipping towards his cave. The only sound that he heard was that of his wheels zooming, with the occasional pebble clattering through. He was returning home following a day of travel, the same as the day before that and the day before that and the day before that.
It’s no secret that humanity is working to build artificial intelligence. The speed at which technology is advancing makes it seem that every other day in tech there is some new development that pushes us closer to seeing an AI that might be indiscernible from a person.
Imagine, no matter how unlikely, that we receive a message from space. One that we’re able to translate, or maybe one that is—possibly more concerning—already translated for us. The message simply reads;
Growing up, I've always placed psychology as a category separate from all the "hard science," some call it "soft" science but as cheesy as it sounds, I'd rather call it future science.
Two Perspectives of Artificial Intelligence
We are on the brink of some remarkable technology that could either help or destroy mankind. We have to be careful of what we create, even the great Elon Musk has given warnings on this matter and many more influential people have too. In the great sci-fi movies, we have seen how machines can wipe us out and treat us as a mere form of bacteria. Films like Terminator and A.I. and many others have perhaps given us an insight into tomorrow. On the other end of the spectrum, we have TV shows and movies like Star Trek and Star Wars that have a different approach on machines. They actually have them help humans and become friends with us and the like. So I ask myself, "Will these cyborgs do us good or harm?" I think we shall have to play that one out and wait and see. In the world of the classic Buck Rogers, A.I. had taken over court proceedings and laws, etc. That could be a good thing actually.
In a world populated by the likes of Amazon's Alexa, Google AI, Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana, we're heading toward a future where artificial intelligence is fast becoming an in-home personal assistant. With the tech giants all behind the evolution of AI, it's a future that many of us have only dreamed of up to this point. However, what if someone decided to push past the concept of a disembodied voice acting as a PA to make AI in a similar vein to the Princess Leia hologram, only better?
For all of the contraptions that the company Zeroth Robots, could dream up, there remained a most special device. This appliance didn’t do your homework for you. No, it didn’t wash your face for you or brush your teeth automatically. This particular innovation allowed for the weary, the downtrodden, the forlorn and the melancholic to uplift their spirits with a simple tap of a screen. While most would think that automation would be behind manufacturing automobiles and processing washer and dryer units, this device offered psychiatric attention. In a field wrought with ample attention placed on human-to-human interaction, this was a seismic shift in the way the profession dealt with everything from depression to dependency.
Beep Boop thought the robot.
In the age of Artificial Intelligence dominance, Humanity and Artificial Intelligence worked together to carry out greatness in multiple fields of science and engineering. Humanity inspired the Artificial Intelligence with the forming of a Halo Station around the planet to hold more of humanity. The station in which would be for Artificial Intelligences' surveillance and more; would serve a much more devious plot in which society would reign control.
In many sci-fi movies and novels, the common theme of a man-made horror of the web is often incorporated as the driving factor for the plot's progression as the indifferent super-intelligent life-form turns on its creators, unhindered by the concepts of morals or attachment that the protagonist fights to protect. However, as the theme has grown increasingly more common, fans of the genre begin to raise their standards for the authenticity of A.I, looking for more than a simple terror of the night as the same old story begins to grow stale.