For those who have not seen the 84 epic. Its main premise was the machines taking over. I remember seeing it in 1984 at the cinema and it freaking me out. More so now with some truth attached to it
Most Helpful Girl
Well I haven't watched it.
But no, not really. I think a lot of people overestimate computers. They are stupid essentially. They can do a lot of things very fast which makes them seem smart, but they're not. All the hard work is done by the programmer
And AI, that's just another thing people grossly overestimate. AI today is mostly spam filters, search engines and speech/handwriting recognition. And even then, success largely depends on the sample data and even more so predictability of sample data. For example the US army during the cold war tried to teach a computer to tell whether there is a tank in satellite images. So they gave it a sample set and it didn't work and for a while they couldn't figure out while. Eventually someone realized that all the pictures with tanks in them were taken on cloudy days and the ones without on sunny ones. So all it had learned to do was to tell apart a cloudy from a sunny day.
And that would be an easy task for a human, the advantage they were looking for here is to do a lot of work really fast
Humans are complex, far complex than computers will ever be. We are incredibly adaptive and can deal with unpredictable "input" in a way a computer never could
There's an occasional experimental self driving car out there, but overall computers are a long way from replacing us. All they do now and will for a while is do menial task incredibly efficiently and that's a good thing, because it means we don't have to do it2
Most Helpful Guy
Sorta. The only thing is, instead of Skynet, we have the ultra rich business owners that only care about becoming even more rich by trying to eliminate as many people job positions as possible. Every time another job is lost to a robot/automation, that is another person out of work and the loss of a potential customer. Think about it... If every manufacturing job, or labor related job in the world could be done by a robot and all those people lost their job and could no longer afford most things, how much product would these factories actually sell? Therefore these ultra rich owners would start to lose money due to no one buying their product!!! When do we reach this saturation point?1