There are several science fiction movies where the robots rebel against their creators: for example, the Terminator's series or I Robot.

In the future, is it possible that robots will rebel against their human creators (like in the mentioned movies)?

  • $\begingroup$ The good news is, that this question is so common, that a dedicated Wikipedia article was created to answer it, Ethics of artificial intelligence It is equipped with over 50 references to external literature. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Apr 22 '19 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnDoucette I don't even want to read that other question: it is too long! It can't be an exact duplicate of this question, so I will not vote to close this as a duplicate of that one. $\endgroup$ – nbro Apr 22 '19 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ I think it is more likely that $P=NP$ (which is unlikely) than we will be able to create in the next centuries such technology (if ever we will be able to do such thing), so I would say that it is quite pointless to attempt to predict the outcome of a creation that is very unlikely to happen. We could all speculate, but there are no "good" basis to predict an outcome with a "decent" degree of confidence. I think we should focus on more important problems, and there are a lot of such problems. I would leave this argument to science fiction writers or movie directors. $\endgroup$ – nbro Apr 22 '19 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @nbro That one is probably too long, but it addresses the same issue. I'll add a variation of the same answer in case this one is not closed. $\endgroup$ – John Doucette Apr 23 '19 at 0:47

I don't like to be a killjoy, but this question seems premature (that's why it's hd the "mythology of AI" tag added to it). The kinds of emergent artificial general intelligence depicted in the movies you mention are in science fiction films because they are science fiction. Most AI researchers do not think they are likely to appear anytime soon. The overwhelming majority of researchers think the most likely times for such a system to appear are "More than 50 years [from now]" or "Never". In part, this is because AI researchers thought we were close to such systems for several decades, despite failing to create them. This suggests that making an artificial general intelligence is much harder than we might expect.

Despite AGI being a long show, there's a lot of recent interest in the AI research community in the social impact of our technologies. The study of these systems is called "ethical AI", and this is the path that the research community as a whole has begun to embark on. A promising approach is to model the process by which humans decide to treat each other well, in the hopes of creating programs act according to that process.


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