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Robots May Destroy Human Civilization

Scientists and philosophers in the UK are studying the likelihood of robots taking over and destroying our world.

The Center for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) will study the dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology and climate change. They think that to dismiss concerns of a potential robot uprising would be "dangerous."

The BBC News quotes CSER researchers as saying, "The seriousness of these risks is difficult to assess, but that in itself seems a cause for concern, given how much is at stake."

They quote researcher Huw Price as saying, "It seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology. What we're trying to do is to push it forward in the respectable scientific community.

Price says that as robots and computers become smarter than humans, we could find ourselves at the mercy of "machines that are not malicious, but machines whose interests don't include us."

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I don't recall if any machine ever had creative intent. Humans program machines with intent, they cannot function independently. I think this delusional idea of machines taking over the planet is a result of applying human animal standards to a machine (personification).

well according to THE KEY unless we create these machines we will NOT escape this planet nor will we abate the global climate changes... so get to work!

PS why are we always so concerned about womething taking over and destroying everything when we are doing a bang up job of destroying everything ourselves.

The immediate danger I see for nanotechnology is in the form of nano particle drugs. If one is using nano particles to penetrate the cells in order to deliver a drug with maximum effectiveness, what are the pitfalls of such acts? Drugs may become lodged in the deepest recesses of the cell over long periods of time, becoming flotsam. It may be very difficult to remove such debris, and these particles may interfere with the normal operation of the cells. If one insures that the drug or substance is salubrious to begin with, then it poses little danger. But how many modern drugs fit that description? Most have side effects of some sort. Nano debris may be a problem for flora and fauna outside of the human body, and these particles, once stuck inside the cells, may remain. They may also pose a more difficult problem in this vein as far as removal goes, animals and plants in nature don't have more direct access to human technology like we do.

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