Bill Gates. Elon Musk. Stephen Hawking. When the world's most brilliant, technologically savvy minds warn us of the danger of “killer robots”, it's no longer science fiction — it's a reason for pause.
Musk and Hawking in particular have warned that robots remain “our biggest existential threat” and that the nefarious exploitation of innovations within artificial intelligence (AI) could “spell the end of the human race.”
This group of greater thinkers cautioned — in an open letter presented at a recent International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires — that the “stakes were high” if the military pushed forward with AI weapon development.
Recent evidence proves that the emerging threat of next generation robotics is not coming…it's already here.
In the heart wrenching documentary film Ex-Machina, a flirtatious robot betrays its brilliant creator and naïve would-be protector to their deaths — just to go shopping in downtown New York.
The credit card debt was unspeakable.
In another recent incident, a 12,000-pound Mark II robot, designed by American-based MegaBot, set off a global crisis by thuggishly calling out a Kuratas machine, manufactured by Japanese rival Suidobashi Heavy Industry.
This East-West robot feud threatens the diplomatic manufacturing relationship between the two countries and bears a haunting similarity to the tragic East Coast/West Coast riff that ended tragically for rappers Tupac and Notorious BIG.
The question persists why robots are seemingly at the center of so much recent robot-on-robot violence and anti-social behavior?
The answer: “Irresponsible manufacturing.”
Many manufacturers today lack the sophisticated manufacturing solutions necessary to safely build forward-thinking products, such as “futuristic robots” (a cyberpunk term I'm proud to have coined).
Manufacturers, especially engineers, must begin thinking of themselves as parents and the electronic products they build as their children. The lasting effects of hurtful parenting on a child can be traumatic. Just ask Frankenstein's monster…Or Lindsay Lohan.
Engineers must be extraordinarily careful in their product designs. Why? Because robots, especially “futuristic robots”, do not believe in honoring the Fourth Commandment's teaching to "Honour thy father and thy mother". Robots do not extend forgiveness to the manufacturers whose tyrannical ways, reckless designs and shame-based new product introduction (NPI) processes have led to their ruined error-prone product lives.
A manufacturer who refuses to integrate quality processes and care early on in product design processes will give rise to potentially spiteful products.
Why does the temperamental printer at work repeatedly provoke you to act out that fateful coup de grâce scene in Office Space? Because the machine was never built with love. The result is a “you hurt me, I'm going to hurt you" mentality.
Manufacturers need modern product lifecycle management solutions to ensure nurturing product design processes are employed early on—in the machine's delicate formative years —to better ensure quality products are built with love to avoid future risk of failure.
Robots will soon become sentient beings with the uncanny ability to skip out when it's their turn to buy the next round of Molson's at Happy Hour. They'll brag (and often times lie) about how much money they make to impress your guy or gal. They'll fritter away the office hours playing online black jack...yet will claim credit for your ideas to steal the promotion that rightfully belongs to you — a human.
You don't think this danger is real? Wake up, humanity. You're being naïve.
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John is a Senior Content Marketing Manager at Omnicell. He is a results-driven consultant who has worked with some of the biggest names in technology, including Oracle, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, and IBM, to improve their marketing and lead generation strategies. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.