The human race is striving to develop technology that plays a part in nearly everything we have and use today. Growing cities, computers capable of 17 quadrillion operations per second, and even natural systems that benefit from the blessings of modern technology such as agriculture and water storage are all part of this growing process. And recently, robots…
Military drone, human-shaped robots with their own decision mechanism, small robots… The world is gradually turning into a carefully crafted science fiction story. Depending on how we put the pieces together, the future can be a fearful place where we are ruled by robots of our own creation.
If all this has made you nervous, stop for a second and take a look at some of the capabilities of modern robots we have today.
10. They can run faster than humans
The fastest person in the world is Usain Bolt, a Jamaican athlete who won gold medals in the 100m and 200m races in two consecutive Olympic games and holds the world record at 27.78mph. However, Bolt ranks second compared to the fastest robot. The robot named “Cheetah” can reach a speed of 28.3mph.
This robot not only surpasses everyone but also has a possible feature: Killing. Noel Sharkey, professor in the Department of Robotics at the University of Sheffield, sums it up:
“This is a great technological advance, but the unfortunate part is that it will be used to kill people.” At least we’ll be able to distinguish humans from robots based on their behavior, right?
9- They can act more humanely than us
Video game developers use artificial intelligence in their games to help people achieve in-game realism. It is quite easy to say that a character is controlled by artificial intelligence in the game since it is quite difficult to imitate this mechanism due to the complexity of the human decision-making mechanism.
In October 2012, 2K Games created the best algorithm and developed a system that can successfully mimic human behavior. In the test environment, ‘bots’ and human players were brought together and mixed in equal numbers in a first-person game. In the test, people would distinguish between other players as real or artificial intelligence.
Result? The human rating of the winning algorithm is 52%. It doesn’t seem like a very high number, but the percentage of human players is 40%. As a result of the test, the artificial intelligence behaved more human-like than real humans.
Come on, it’s not that scary, it’s just a video game. Of course, apart from this competition of artificial intelligence, we do not count that robots can interact better with humans. So: We develop robots that behave just like humans.
8- They can keep up with our strength and dexterity
Biorobotics is a science that produces robots with living tissues.
Arranged by the University of Pennsylvania and MIT, muscle tissue was developed to respond to light. Muscle tissue in a normal skeleton contract as a result of the electrical response sent by neurons, but this tissue can contract as soon as it is exposed to light.
Researchers have found a way to modify muscle tissue without the need for anything as complex as the nervous system by genetically altering the proteins in the tissue so that the tissue can respond to light.
The video above shows the texture in action. By applying this modified muscle tissue to robots, the research team hopes they will have more flexibility and dexterity than before.
7- They can overcome obstacles
Typical drones need satellite signals (or any remote signal) to move through space. They can crash from the sky to the ground without any direction. To take something that’s pretty good at killing people and make it adept at killing people, the MIT Robots Robotics Group has developed a stable drone wing that can move without the need for human guidance.
This drone is able to “adjust its acceleration, speed, altitude and position” through an algorithm that can pull information from a device attached to the vehicle. This is nothing more because…
6- We give them brains
More specifically, “bee brains”. In an initiative by the University of Sussex and the University of Sheffield, scientists are modeling the neural pathways that make up the bee brain. This model will be placed inside a flying drone and will contribute to the device’s self-direction.
Building mechanical models of brains is not a new idea, but typical efforts are limited to trying to reconstruct the nervous systems of critical brains like mice, monkeys, and humans. Dr. According to James Marshall, “Simple organisms such as social insects have surprisingly developed cognitive abilities.” however, they are “smaller and more intelligible than the brain of any vertebrate animal.”
If you can’t see why this is so scary, think about the way bees behave. They are collective-minded, they are in swarms and can signal other bees as soon as they are attacked. Now imagine this in armed robots.
5- They can walk on water
Religious jokes aside, this is insane. Robotic engineers not only build machines that can surpass humans, they also develop machines that do what we can’t.
Qinmin Pan was inspired by the water bug that can walk on water without breaking the surface tension and developed a robot that imitates it. In addition to walking on water, the robot can jump 13.97 centimeters high and 35.56 centimeters forward. This feat was not possible until recently because the downward pressure to jump breaks the surface tension, causing the robots to sink.
Pan used nickel foams for the robot’s feet and the complex five-legged system. This complex five-legged system propels the robot forward 11 grams and prevents sinking when landing. So we understand that scientists don’t want a safe space where we can hide in possible future robot wars.
4- They hate joy
Let’s leave it to Japan to invent a robot that shoots at you every time you laugh. No no. What we are talking about is real. Suidobashi Heavy Industries has recently unveiled a 4-ton robot called Kuratas. The robot’s name is probably in Japanese, “Goodbye, insignificant people.” means.
Kuratas is a consumer product that can be purchased for £900,000. This product can be moved through any router or device that can use 3G networks. The best part? The robot is fully armed and programmed to fire the Gatling Gun, which can fire 6,000 times per minute as soon as the pilot smiles.
Let’s say the robot actually fires the BB gun; but A) BBs can hurt B) How hard would it be to replace it with a real weapon? This seems like a rather careless way to use technology, but at least we still have time to destroy them. Is not it?
3- They cannot be destroyed
The video above shows a worm robot developed by MIT, Harvard, and Seoul Universities that can navigate through milking (a rhythmic contraction motion that allows worms to crawl). This autonomous robot cannot turn over or lose balance. It can also zigzag forward on a difficult surface.
In the video, the researchers demonstrate how resilient the robot is by striking the robot with a sledgehammer and stepping on it. Despite all this, the robot continues on its way in a pleasant way.
Now let’s get to the point: Sledgehammers and feet are the nemeses of every insect on earth, but this robot ignores them as if they were a light breeze. We cannot say that the robot cannot be broken, but it is obvious that the engineers are making efforts in this direction.
2- They can recognize themselves
Anyone who knows about robots knows that the moment robots become aware of their presence, they will question whether they are our mechanical slaves. Impatient for that day to come closer, Yale University researchers are developing a robot called Nico that can recognize its own image in a mirror.
Okay, some of the items on this list might be half-jokingly or seriously “scary,” but let’s stop and think about this for a second: This robot will develop a sense of identity that will allow it to see its own reflection and, whatever its capacity, will recognize that there is a creature in this world. People don’t get it until they’re 18 months old. For this reason, Nico will have a greater reasoning capacity than human babies.
1- Cambridge is working against the possibility of robots uprising
Cambridge University is conducting research on the possibility of a real robot uprising. This project, called “Existential Risk Study Centre”, was created by Cambridge philosophy professors Huw Price, Martin Rees, and Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn to assess the risk of mass extinction of our species in the face of artificial intelligence, biotechnology developments, artificial life, and nanotechnology.
Talking about a possible robot revolt on a website might seem fun, but if Cambridge University professors are worried about it… Then we’re surprised that you still haven’t smashed your computer and went hiking in the mountains.