26.04.2017 · Oliver Brock · TU Berlin


Robots with Human-Level Intelligence: Is It Possible? Dangerous? Inevitable?

Intelligence is of great importance in our society and culture.  But intelligence also remains mysterious and is notoriously difficult to reproduce in technological artifacts.  So far, every attempt to produce an intelligent machine—for example: Deep Blue, Watson, or AlphaGo—has brought about technological progress but has failed to significantly advance our understanding of intelligence.  Maybe all of these machines were missing something?  Maybe they were missing a body?  And maybe therefore our next attempt to build a truly intelligent machine should take the form of a robot?  I will argue why I believe this is a good idea and show our attempts of moving towards this goal.  However, rather than shooting for mankind's most advanced intellectual challenges, such as the games of chess and go, I will advocate to first replicate the surprising abilities of cockatoos.  And cockatoo robots sound so much less dangerous than the apocalyptic robot portrayed in Hollywood movies.