Over the past few decades, and ever since the invention of the first
computer, humans have predicted and claimed that someday the intelligence of
computers will surpass that of humans and overtake the human race. Everything
from books, magazines, and more recently, movies such as The Matrix, have
fantasized artificial intelligence taking over the human race. With all these
predictions and probability investigations, is it really possible? Will
computers ever take over humans?
Computers are designed to do two things. One is counting, the other is
storing. A computer’s microprocessor is made of millions of microscopic
transistors that are gateways for the transmission of electric signals. A
transistor can either be on or off. A circuit combination of these transistors
enables the computer to do binary calculations, which have been transferred
electronically from storage. One thing a computer definitely not designed to do
is create ideas of its own. A computer is designed to compute!
The human brain is the most complex and largest organ of the human body.
This grey matter, similar to the consistency of soft cheese and about three
pounds in weight, has a greater capacity than the largest library in the world.
Unlike computers, it has the ability to imagine, to create, and to invent. It
also has a large set of emotions, something a computer can never really acquire.
Our brain has the ability to teach itself. Truly our brain is a miracle of life
given to us from an omnipotent God. A computer designed by incompetent humans
must be told everything.
So we can see that the human brain and computers are two completely
different things. Simply put, a computer must be told how to learn. I have
programmed computers for six years now and I know how they work – they are
designed to serve humans, not the other way around.
How then could a computer
overtake the human race? Well, if I we’re going to build a really
sophisticated piece of robotic equipment run by ‘artificial intelligence’, I
would start by programming my digital beast to learn. To make something learn, I
would basically have to teach it to read facts and act upon them; for example, I
could make my robot read the Internet. Then the robot would have to be
programmed to make connections between different facts and learn to put them
together, just like the human brain. However, this is where it gets tricky. If
your robot learned the World Trade Centre had been destroyed, there is nothing
in the robot (no imagination), to make him decide to go look for Osama bin Laden
unless he is pre-programmed to do so. Secondly, even if he did make this
decision, what if he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan and got blown to bits?
Where are his children ‘bots? Even if the robot were programmed to construct
his ‘children’, where is he going to get the materials to do so? Computers
must be taught exactly how to react to every situation possible in our universe,
but in fact this is impossible, because they don’t have something humans do
have – common sense; the ability to decide and imagine in undefined