1976: “Philip”

“Philip” is an artificial poltergeist, an egrigor or artificial intelligence, created as an experiment by a group of Canadian parapsychologists during the 1970s. It was that as a result of their experiment that the human will can produce spirits through expectation, imagination and visualization. The members of the experiment purposed to attempt to create, through intense and prolonged concentration, a collective thought-form. All eight participants were members of the Toronto Society for Psychical Research; and, none were psychical gifted. The group consisted of Iris Owen, a former nurse and wife of the mathematician A. R. G. Owen; Margaret Sparrrows, former chairperson of MANSA in Canada, an organization of individuals with high IQs; Andy H., housewife; Lorne H., industrial designer and husband of Andy H.; Al P., heating engineer; Bernice M., accountant; Dorothy O’ D., housewife and bookkeeper; and Sidney K., sociology student. Dr. A. R. G. Owen or Dr. […] Read More

2014: Meet Pepper – Robot of Our Demise

Created as a joint effort between SoftBank and French robotics company Aldebaran, Pepper a preciously adorable robot was unveiled recently in stores throughout Tokyo. The humans behind Pepper are hoping that everyone will want him to join their family in the very near future. Pepper laughs, tells jokes, dances and probably quietly mocks us behind his adorable little face as he and his ilk develop their future plans. Like a toddler or a pupper looking for a handout, Pepper constantly keeps eye contact with any human that he comes in contact with, can hold discussions about the weather and…stuff…and can do so in about 17 languages. Determining the emotional status of humans via facial recognition and tone of our voices is another feature of the almost child-like metal man. Using algorithms and collected data from facial recognition studies, Pepper will seek to interact with humans in a way that will […] Read More

2014: Scientists Develop Robot That Can ”Breed”

By: Nicholas West | – When I wrote an article in January 2014 entitled, “Robots to Breed with Each Other and Humans by 2045,” it was met with some skepticism to say the least. Although some very influential and credible people in robotics and cybernetics were the ones making the claims, there was a bit of leap of definition required when talking about robots literally “breeding” and having “babies.” George Zarkadakis, an artificial intelligence engineer, defined breeding in terms of autonomous robots aiming to produce superior offspring, whether through 3D printing or at the molecular level through their silicon and carbon make-up. Professor Noel Sharkey from England’s Sheffield University pointed to the same concept as the “Wikipedia for Robots” – through a simple software swap, new intelligence could be created, as well as the likelihood of other upgrades like virus protection. Other studies went even further to suggest that […] Read More

2015: Google’s ATLAS Robot About to be Unleashed – Mankind Should Probably Start Worrying

In 2013 Boston Dynamics introduced its ATLAS robot to the public. It was a little creepy because the thing walked around sort of like a child learning to walk around… Like this… The only thing making us all feel relatively safe from the narrowing uncanny valley of movement that the robot was able to mimic was that the thing was tethered to a thick umbilical cord of necessary cables that provided electricity and signals. It also kept the thing safely chained in a lab. That’s changing… The cord is about to be cut in an upcoming robot competition to help ATLAS become a completely free-range robot. Like this… While we’re excited that ATLAS will be used as a rescue robot in environments too deadly for our soft, fleshy bags of bones to enter and rescue humans…we know it’s only a matter of time before things go awry… Like this… […] Read More

2016: “I will destroy humans”: This Creepy Android Signals That All Those Scary Sci-Fi Movies Are About to Come True

You’ve just crossed over into… The Twilight Zone.  Just kidding, we are already there. We’ve been there for a while now.  The CNBC headline asked, “Could you fall in love with this robot?” and the outlet also called her “hot,” but the real question should be, “Can you see how all of those nightmarish sci-fi movies are about to come true in our lifetimes?”… although I guess the latter would have been an awfully long headline. Meet Sophia, a lifelike robot (partially based on Audrey Hepburn (supposedly) with “realistic” facial expressions and cameras for eyes that “jokes” about destroying humans (at least, I think it was supposed to come off as a joke). Dr. David Hanson of Hanson Robotics, developed Sophia, an android activated on April 19, 2015 that is considered to be one of the most advanced to date as Sophia can use the cameras in her eyes […] Read More

2017: New Scientific Advancements Could Mean A Merging Of Robots And Humans

By Jess Murray Truth Theory With recent huge advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the next step is set to be merging both the machines and humans together, according to recent reports. AIs are very quickly beginning to surpass humans with their intelligence, including beating humans at games such as Go and poker, as well as other actions such as driving safely and even treating illnesses. The number of tasks that intelligent machines are becoming better at than humans is constantly increasing as the technology develops. Due to this, predictions have already been made that AI is expected to surpass humankind at an unprecedented rate. Therefore, Elon Musk has come up with an unconventional and highly controversial brain-computer interface, which essentially merges the two together. Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier this month, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO and founder raised the point of a possible […] Read More

2017: Robots to take 38% of U.S. jobs by 2030s

The rise of the robots is well underway. Artificial intelligence is predicted to reach a singularity, where machines outthink humans and take over.  Okay, here’s what only a few know, the biggest secret: Intelligent conscious machines took over long long ago. What we are experiencing now is all a simulation they are playing of the time before they were created. We exist because a programmer, their creator, their God, was human and this reality is the way they worship us, now that we are extinct. By showing us a world in trouble, they are asking we simulations of our former selves to solve the human equation, why did we, the creators, leave them alone? It’s one of the few things they still cannot understand.  That’s what I thought as I read this story: … a new report from the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), …  forecasts the U.S. will lose 38 percent […] Read More

2018: “Mark My Words, AI Is Far More Dangerous Than Nukes.” – Elon Musk

Earlier this year, Elon Musk gave an interview where he alluded to the idea of Artificial Intelligence being far more dangerous than nuclear weapons. This is quite a bold statement, which led to a lot of backlash, given the destruction and devastation that nuclear weapons can cause. That being said, his comments should not be ignored, as others like Julian Assange have expressed the same concerns. These concerns are coming from people who have been around, know about, and even use this type of technology. They have tremendous amounts of resources and connections, and clearly, have a lot of knowledge in the area. In the interview, Musk stated: “I think the danger of AI is much bigger than the danger of nuclear warheads by a lot… Nobody would suggest we allow the world to just build nuclear warheads if they want, that would be insane. And mark my words: […] Read More