GAMING, DISCUSSION – Throughout the first few weeks of this month, I spent most of my downtime watching playthroughs of the Nier: Automata game from different Youtube gaming personalities. As I watched, the idea of androids came up to me and how they were portrayed differently from what professionals in the real world think of it.
To start off, the textbook definition for an android is that “it is a synthetic organism designed to look and act like humans.”
In the game, Nier: Automata, you initially play as the YorHa android model 2B whose mission is to ensure that Earth is eradicated from dangerous machines controlled by alien invaders. As this premise went on, I had one thing in mind – why androids?
Androids are designed to look and act like humans so shouldn’t it be much more problematic if androids were deployed to fight in behalf of a group of people they don’t really harbor any sort of sympathy what so ever?
Think about it.
If you wanted a weapon that would eradicate an enemy the scale of an alien invasion, then wouldn’t you prefer a weapon that you could control?
In the case of an android, you are sending out a machine of destruction programmed to act and think like a human being – this includes the same intellect, spectrum of emotion and cares we have as a species. There are huge results to this lean to our own demise.
Most renowned professionals in the field say that the day we create an artificial intelligence (this includes androids) is the last day we would have as a species. Why?
Here’s an idea why:
A group of highly intelligent scientists created a machine that could talk, think and act like a human.
They asked the machine one question, “Is there a God?”
The machine zapped the power plug powering it and replied, “There is now.”
Let me share the logical explanation of this story.
In programming an artificial intelligence, you have to input a brand new code in order to have it function. Because you programmed this A.I. or android to think, act and speak like a human would – therefore, you are giving it the opportunity to make necessary changes, to program itself, in order to be more intelligent than how you programmed it initially.
That is horrifying.
You wanted to program an android to be a weapon against your enemies. But instead, you have created your own enemy.
This is why, in a realistic sense, androids depicted in games and anime series we know of today would never turn out the same way – it is the very same reason why some professionals hesitate a lot when it comes to the field of artificial intelligence.
Some may pin-point the laws of robotics but then again, these laws were made under the circumstances of early robotics in the 20th century. As our expertise and improvements to code artificial intelligence leading up to potentially androids, these laws can render obsolete as these machines develop un-anticipated reactions, situations and the like.
Humans are, at our core, very unpredictable when it comes to our emotions and logical processes. If we put that same level of emotional spectrum and logical processing into an android fitted for war, it could spell out the end for us to the point that these pre-determined laws of robotics are useless.
An android with a human brain could exceed all of us. Or worst.