If you had Fifty Million Dollars, would you be able to figure out how to make robots smarter than humans? Robotics company Vicarious is betting they can, or at least make androids as smart as humans.
Vicarious has just secured $50 million to do just that. They’re developing AI in a way that allows the machines to do more on their own, and to handle unexpected and unknown situations. This direction could eventually lead us right into the Singularity, where machines become more intelligent than humans.
If Vicarious succeeds in creating Artificial General Intelligence, it will be the first company on Earth to do so, and will go down in history as the company that created the first artificial person. But a decision like that is up to the people at large, not Vicarious, not me, and not any one person in politics or law enforcement. I remember what I learned about the Native mericans at times like this: They were thought of as a threat before the White Men knew much about them at all.
I would love to sit down with a genuinely intelligent machine, and have a conversation. Maybe then I will be ready to make my own judgement.