In January 2018, the EU Parliament debated a new legal status for robots as “electronic persons." In October 2018 the UK committee invited a non-human to testify before it for the first time in history. Pepper, a bot developed by SoftBank Robotics, served as a witness in a debate on artificial intelligence and robotics. Of course, Pepper was pre-programmed with answers to questions submitted in advance, leading to criticism from the AI research community of the move as a feckless publicity stunt.
Advances in space exploration, AI, cognitive psychology and digital biology forge new meaning to being “people.” A crowdsourced prediction project run by Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, including insights of over 350 neural computing researchers, estimated a 50-50 likelihood that machines would be able to accomplish every task a human worker could accomplish better, faster and more cheaply — in less than half a century.
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A pair of researchers, Michaël Trazzi and Roman V. Yampolskiy of France’s Sorbonne University and the University of Louisville respectively, have proposed a new concept — Artificially Stupid. They believe that the “general” intelligence (as opposed to specific, task-based capabilities) of AI should be limited to match what humans are able to match. The team asserts that artificial stupidity would not only protect humans from the threat of super intelligent machines, it would make AI, in general, more human and humane.
"AI is going to augment human capabilities. We’ll replace the redundant tasks, but the human element is still there. Now we can spend more of our time on things that require more creativity.”