We're all out here worrying about petty things like "gas is too expensive" and "how am I going to be able to make rent?" when across the ocean they're on the verge of creating robots that will, you know, probably kill us all:
DeepMind, a British company owned by Google, may be on the verge of achieving human-level artificial intelligence (AI).
Nando de Freitas, a research scientist at DeepMind and machine learning professor at Oxford University, has said 'the game is over' in regards to solving the hardest challenges in the race to achieve artificial general intelligence (AGI). ...
According to De Freitas, the quest for scientists is now scaling up AI programs, such as with more data and computing power, to create an AGI.
Yeah we've all been led to believe this is going to be all fun-and-games, a great time, we're gonna have cutesy little robot friends to keep us company and act as our servants...
Let's just say I picture it going a bit differently.
That being said, how close are they really to human-level intelligence?
Earlier this week, DeepMind unveiled a new AI 'agent' called Gato that can complete 604 different tasks 'across a wide range of environments'.
Gato uses a single neural network – a computing system with interconnected nodes that works like nerve cells in the human brain.
It can chat, caption images, stack blocks with a real robot arm and even play the 1980s home video game console Atari, DeepMind claims.
Oh... it's capable of playing Atari? You mean the game console famous for the 1982 mega-bomb E.T.?
Okay, I'd say we're safe for at least a few more years folks.
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