Do We Need to Prepare for the Robot Uprising?

For most of my life, I’ve been disappointed in robots. Movies always depicted them as walking, talking, humanoid, smart—and cool. But for decades, real robots have been little more than assembly-line arms at car factories.In the past three years, though, something has shifted. Self-driving cars have logged nearly two million miles on public roads. Drones have gotten smart enough to avoid hitting things. And two-legged, walking robots are suddenly real. Now luminaries—including Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk—are speaking out about the dangers of our increasingly smart machines. “Full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking has told the BBC. It’s one thing for an easily spooked public to mistrust artificial intelligence. But Gates, Hawking and Musk? As it turns out, all three were responding…


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