Can Robots Ever Be As Smart As Humans? 24 replies

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#1 11 years ago

i was wondering could robots ever be smarter than humans? if you think so post why you think so!:)




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#2 11 years ago

A robot as you are probobly thinking, is just a computer, in essence. A computer is always as smart as his programmer and his hardware allows. No, robots can never be smarter than humans. They can be more powerful, better at math, and etc.. But they will never be able to feel anything, or make value judgements. I doubt they will ever even see anything in the world as more than just a variable.

Now, I would imagine they can make a robot that SIMULATES emotion, or seems like it makes decisions for itself. But they are really reflecting the belief and the thought processes of the persons who put the work into it.




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#3 11 years ago

ah, but the problem is two people are smarter than one right? What if two people design a robot as smart as both of them, and mass produce it, and have the robots design a new one?




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#4 11 years ago

In terms of mathematical/objective intelligence, yes. They have the ability to be much more intellligent.

However, in any other form of intelligence, they will never surpass us. Social intelligence, artistic intelligence, etc... That's not something a computer can feel. A robot can't be inspired, it can be hurt or happy, it can't have real creativity, it doesn't gain life experience. In short, it's not a conscience being. Thus, it will never amount to the round intelligence that is the human mind.

ah, but the problem is two people are smarter than one right? What if two people design a robot as smart as both of them, and mass produce it, and have the robots design a new one?

Once again, robots cannot design. The only concept they understand is mathematical efficiency, nothing more.




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#5 11 years ago

I think at some point we will be able to program a computer to simulate a complex brain. Then it is only a matter of interpretation wether you think that this robot is alive or not.




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#6 11 years ago
MrFancypants;3537480I think at some point we will be able to program a computer to simulate a complex brain. Then it is only a matter of interpretation wether you think that this robot is alive or not.

Why would we want to produce something superior to ourselves...? I think that once we get that far, there will be very strict laws against that. Much like cloning humans.

Think about it. If robots are physically perfect, purified of all human disadvantages, have the ability to create and feel, and can think faster and better than us, where would be the value of human life anymore? Not to mention a very "I, Robot" type of society.




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#7 11 years ago

Ryette;3537493Why would we want to produce something superior to ourselves...? I think that once we get that far, there will be very strict laws against that. Much like cloning humans.

Think about it. If robots are physically perfect, purified of all human disadvantages, have the ability to create and feel, and can think faster and better than us, where would be the value of human life anymore? Not to mention a very "I, Robot" type of society.

To solve problems we can't solve. Maybe math or physics will be so advanced at some point that we won't be able to cope with it anymore. They could also be used for very complex work, like navigating spaceships.

It would be a good idea though not to give them too much power, unless we want something like the Terminator-movies to come true.




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#8 11 years ago

If we ever could make a computer that learns from it's mistakes then yes, but otherwise, no.




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#9 11 years ago

MrFancypants;3537513To solve problems we can't solve. Maybe math or physics will be so advanced at some point that we won't be able to cope with it anymore. They could also be used for very complex work, like navigating spaceships.

It would be a good idea though not to give them too much power, unless we want something like the Terminator-movies to come true.

Oh, I totally agree on that one. Like I said, they will definitely out-do us on math and number crunching eventually. But achieving or even exceeding human intelligence altogether... there's no point in that.

Eventually we'll have to come to a point where we need to restrict the abilities of our creations.




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#10 11 years ago

Ryette;3537526Oh, I totally agree on that one. Like I said, they will definitely out-do us on math and number crunching eventually. But achieving or even exceeding human intelligence altogether... there's no point in that.

Eventually we'll have to come to a point where we need to restrict the abilities of our creations.

If those computers would really work like human brains it also means that a more intelligent computer might be able to help with other things except math. For example imagining new theories, creating new economic modells, better laws or philosophy. They might even write better books than we do, or create more interesting movies.

Humans have all sorts of faults which extend into most things they do, a lot of important decisions might be made to everyone's advantage if the advice of a few AIs is considered.