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  1. I am a bit perturbed by scientists’ devotion of their efforts towards such an endeavor as teaching robots to think or learn. If computers acquire such capacities, it is conceivable that they may be able to reach a level of intelligence comparable to that of human beings. A computer as smart as a human can make a computer as smart as and eventually smarter than itself, at which point computers will become smarter than us. I hate to rain on this parade or be a bearer of dark omens here but we’ve all seen the Matrix and have to at least consider the possibility of robots enslaving humans. These ideas are not my own but we have to recognize how real they are. I am not trying to humor anyone. Scientists can better use their gifts for the good of people and the planet by devoting themselves towards alleviating human suffering or ending climate change.

    1. Patrick,

      thanks for your comment. My hope is that intelligent machines will help humankind, as I hope that intelligent humans are more useful than non-intelligent ones in, as you put it, working for “the good of people and the planet …. alleviating human suffering or ending climate change.” E.g., the technology we develop can be the basis for self-driving cars, robots that harvest garbage for energy, or autonomous robots that explore other planets for resources to help humankind.

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