Not long ago, Stephen Hawking warned that because people would be unable to compete with an advanced AI, it “could spell the end of the human race.”
Elon Musk has weighed in with his concerns, too, warning that AI could be more dangerous than nukes
. Those who found themselves amused by Google’s robots that could pick themselves up, but were still not quite a match for the guy who knocked them down, or watched a Google robot dog play with a real dog
, might have considered Hawking's and Musk's comments as needlessly promoting fear-mongering, as they were jumping the gun on some possible far-off dystopian future, the operative being ‘far-off,’ given the various foibles of the robots.Technology, including AI and robotics, were still i...