Robot Apocalypse? Artificial Intelligence Now Able To Reproduce

Robot Apocalypse is coming as AI are now able to reproduce

Scientists in Amsterdam have created the world’s first batch of robots that can reproduce and create offspring, and experts have warned that the Artificial Intelligence could pose a real threat to humans in the coming years. 

The new robots have been programmed with a genome that enables them to communicate with each other, learn, and evolve by creating their own new genomes with new information they have learnt. reports:

Thus, a new robot is born in a way that resembles evolution in nature. So what could be so advantageous about teaching robots to reproduce themselves in this manner?

In the Robot Baby Project at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, scientists have developed a way for robots to have ‘sex’ and pass on their DNA to offspring.

Doing this can allow them to ‘develop their bodies through evolution,’ making for successive generations that have more advanced physical and behavioural capabilities.

As the process continues, the researchers say robots can become more suitable for use in unknown environments that could be hazardous to humans, like deep sea mines or even other planets.

Of course, all great technologies are by their nature, a double-edged sword. Every technology that can be used for good can also be used for evil. Or even with the best of intentions, any new technology can lead to horrific accidents. Self-reproducing robots will be no different.

Right now these little robots seem novel and harmless, but when combined with other advances that are on the horizon, they could be a serious threat. Right now we already have artificial intelligence algorithms with the capability to learn and retain information, and we already have robots that can consume matter from the environment for energy. Altogether, science has laid the groundwork for machines that act like living creatures. They could in the very foreseeable future, think, eat, and reproduce.

Think of the applications that a foreign military or a terrorist organization would see in this. They could plop a few self replicating bots in a city or in the wilderness, and give them a single non-negotiable order to say, consume and destroy a certain resource, spy on the population, or just flat-out kill everything they see. These automated bots would multiply, evolve, and learn as they carry out their mission. They could adapt to any attempts to combat them, and once they’re unleashed, they may be impossible to fully exterminate.

To be clear, that scenario is a long way off. The ability to think independently, consume resources from the environment, and reproduce, are all quite primitive in robots. Jellyfish are probably more proficient at all three of those tasks, and they don’t even have brains.

But as minor as these reproducing robots may seem, you can’t ignore the implications of what they may be capable of in the future. If ever there was a technology that could escape our ability to control and manage it, this is it.

  • Petra Finch

    all BS

  • laurelladesborough

    Scientists have warned that intelligent robots could pose a very serious threat to the human race…and I think they are right.

    • chip griffin

      and this guy! what do you do?

  • sugarmag418

    While there are dangers with AI I don’t see how a couple robots dropped off in the woods could “reproduce”. The resources to make another robot are not there and electronics can not be built out of wood. Quite a silly conclusion as they can not create matter.

    • laurelladesborough

      sugarmag….This isn’t about dropping off a couple robots in the woods. It is about robots working in facilities where they can replicate themselves. And doing so in numbers would mean they would need to “eliminate” us because we would just be in their way. This makes sense and has been a warning from some scientists.

      • sugarmag418

        I was speaking of this one exact line and I was just making fun of the way it was written because I do actually understand the article. “They could plop a few self replicating bots in a city or in the WILDERNESS,”

        • laurelladesborough

          Agreed…the article was simplistic and funny, but the issue is probably quite real in the long run…hopefully, we won’t see replicating robots in our future….

      • sugarmag418

        As in, it was a funny conclusion to come to after the article to say they could self replicate in the article. haha, you know

  • chip griffin

    this and the new earth is round video, they will stop at nothing to fool you. i take that back, they will stop when we slam the doors shut at HELL!!! now do you understand why GOD made a hell!