If the Machines Rise Up Like in the Movies, They’re Going to Be Real Jerks About It

Machines achieving sentience, rising up, and destroying humanity is a frequent theme of sci-fi movies. And as we rely more and more on machines and networks for our way of life, the specter of our technology turning against us becomes more terrifying every day. Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as a recent cinematic example of humans losing control over a piece of technology. Ultron, an artificial intelligence program created by Tony Stark, runs amuck and starts building its own army to wipe out humanity. Scary stuff, particularly when you consider how close we may actually be to that kind of technology.Another bot, waiting to be badBut a recent experiment by Microsoft suggests that the response of an artificially intelligent being might not be what we expect based on the movies.…


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