Have you noticed all of the news lately about artificial intelligence and robotics, including some things that sound like absolutely terrible ideas? It's like scientists are deliberately trying to bring on a robot apocalypse. They clearly don't watch the same movies that I do.
People are getting more and more onboard with this type of technology. From Alexa to Siri, humans are interacting with artificial intelligence on a regular basis. Siri makes jokes, making the voice from your phone seem more human. It all seems so non-threatening until you look a little deeper.
With robotic exoskeletons, scientists are handing over superior strength, agility, and endurance to human beings.
For example, Ford has been rolling out robotic exoskeletons for their workers in an attempt to battle human weakness. The wearable technology is called the EksoVest and it increases upper body strength, supports the arms, decreases fatigue, and reduces the chance of injury.
It's related to technology created by DARPA, which has been trying to create supersoldiers with robotic technology for decades.
Over the years, DARPA has invested billions into exoskeleton suits for ground troops. This wearable robotic system gives soldiers the ability to carry heavier objects, run faster, and even leap over large obstacles. (source) Imagine trying to take on an enemy (or rogue soldier) who basically has superpowers.
Gosh, what could possibly go wrong with this?
Artificial intelligence with mental illness
Then we have a computer scientist who is deliberately creating AI with mental illness.
This tortured artist of an AI is called DABUS, short for "device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified Sentience." It was created by computer scientist Stephen Thaler, who used a technique called "generative adversarial networks" to mimic the extreme fluctuations in thought and emotion experienced by humans who suffer from mental illness…
…Their process triggers 'unhappy' associations and fluctuations in rhythm. The result is an AI interface with symptoms of insanity.
"At one end, we see all the characteristic symptoms of mental illness, hallucinations, attention deficit and mania," Thaler says, describing DABUS's faculties and temperament. "At the other, we have reduced cognitive flow and depression." (source)