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Do you think that humans could advance robot technology so that one day, they could think for themselves without our control, reproduce without human assistance, and get energy from the environment and food sources rather than relying on purely electrical human-produced power?
I have a cousin studying robotics at the South China Institute of Technology and he says robots could be considered "living" so it got me thinking.
Robots can reproduce, they are called assembly lines. We can program a robot to do just about anything we can mimic with basic motor skills or representation of data, such as show emotion (program facial expressions), play soccer (program ball tactics) or fight wars (program heat sensitivity and locking systems for search n destroy).
When I think of the words 'robot' and 'thinks for themselves' I imagine something along the lines of a program that can store, evaluate and maintain its own programming, such that if it deems necessary it will reorganize and program parts of its functionality to better suit the environment. The main difference is that they would respond to stimuli other than human data entry, just as we respond to light, smell, taste etc...
Saying that, there are robots that can think for themselves but in a very very small way, such as to evaluate distance and determine a movement strategy...such things we consider less than trivial.
I spit in the mouth of a god, who whispers in the minds of the children
"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is at all comprehensible" - Albert Einstein.
The movie Bicentennial Man was so cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5YMEwX2-88
The ending was bitter sweet though.
One day of course, but we are still a long way off. I laughed when I heard 2005 in the youtube video. Is that what we envisioned for our future by 2005? Science has not been one of priorities lately, so there will be delays and setbacks in the deadlines we may have set for ourselves back then. Maybe when everybody is on the same page, then we can proceed together and make leaps 'n bounds in science (and technology following ever after of course).
My 2 cents:
For robotic "life" to occur it will need its own sort of autonomy and adaptiveness. It can't simply be what it was programmed to be - or it's not really alive.
What did the parasitic Candiru fish say when it finally found a host? - - "Urethra!!"
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