Way back in the day, back when color television was not all the rage, the movie ‘The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming‘ was all the rage; a movie about humanity and fear mongering.
That was then and this is now. Today, our Muslim President is gone, replaced by a Russian spy. Well, that’s what some people say. Who am I to disagree? Whatever you think of the current political situation, it does not appear as if anyone is minding the Future Store and my greatest fear and joy is not Congress exercising impeachment rights over the Constitution’s emoluments clause. No, its what Siri wrought and what happens when the technology world is completely overrun by bots; chat bots, robots, stateless bots, loyal bots, and eventually, the bots that look, sound, and act like humans, but they’re really just robots.
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws
For what it’s worth, Asimov added a fourth law, often called the zeroth law, which would precede the other three.
Sounds fair enough, right?
At some point in the not too distant future we may look back to October 4, 2011 as the date that really will live in infamy. Apple announced Siri, the world’s first online bot with an attitude; a so-called intelligent assistant that seemed more innocuous than useful, more parlor trick than forerunner to a personal bot revolution, but that’s what Siri is and will become.
The bots are coming.
Bots? They vary in meaning and usefulness, but think of them as a robotic artificial intelligence that interacts with humankind, for good or bad. We see robots in factories. Vehicle manufacturers are preparing for a world with driverless cars and trucks; all run by robotic artificial intelligence designed to protect us from ourselves while we are drive rather than while we drive.
How long before Siri gets a face– a variable face; humanity has variable tastes, right? How long before robotic artificial intelligence takes over as computer generated actors and actresses in television shows and movies– so realistic as to be indistinguishable from humans? How long before online social sites and news organizations have AI bots that can generate content indistinguishable from human generated content?
Sony and the Japanese seem to have an affinity for human-like robotics and as both the hardware and software intelligence improves, will humans be indistinguishable from Apple’s new Siri-bot, the Todd version, or Siri-bot, the Ashley version?
Apple will push Apple Glasses to the world in the next year or two, and we’ll begin to see lifelike bots online, fully interactive and quite human-like. Then the revolution will begin with bots you can buy.
The Apple bots are coming.