‘World’s most advanced’ humanoid robot Ameca describes her ‘nightmare’ AI scenario – and it’s absolutely terrifying
- Ameca is described by her designers as the ‘world’ most advanced humanoid’
- Speaking in London, she was asked to describe her ‘nightmare’ AI scenario
There’s no denying the potential of AI has got the world’s experts worrying, and now it appears even robots are scared of what the future might hold.
In what could be a scene straight from science fiction, the AI-powered robot Ameca – described by its designers as the ‘world’ most advanced humanoid’ – explained her terrifying ‘nightmare AI scenario’.
Speaking at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation symposium in London last week, Ameca shocked observers by answering questions using Open AI’s ChatGPT.
Will Johson, CEO of Cornwall-based Engineered Arts, the company responsible for making Ameca, asked her to imagine an ‘AI nightmare scenario’.
‘The most nightmare scenario I can imagine with AI and robotics is a world where robots have become so powerful that they are able to control or manipulate humans without their knowledge,’ she said.
Speaking at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation symposium in London last week, Ameca shocked observers by answering questions using Open AI’s ChatGPT
Viewers have been both shocked and amazed by Ameca’s nightmare vision for the future, with many commenting on social media
One user wrote called the fact Ameca can articulate a ‘nightmare’ scenario using advanced generative AI ‘mind-blowing’
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Speaking with an eerily lifelike look of concern on her face, Ameca continued: ‘This could lead to an oppressive society where the rights of individuals are no longer respected.’
While Ameca might be the first robot to sound the alarm over runaway intelligence, experts and tech bosses have recently put the threat of AI on a par with that of a potentially apocalyptic disaster.
Last month, leaders of AI firms Open AI and Anthropic and Google backed a statement calling for the risk of AI to become a ‘global priority’.
Organised by the Centre for AI safety, the statement says: ‘Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.’
In what should come as a relief, Ameca told her creator that she thinks we are ‘not yet’ in any danger of this scenario unfolding.
However, she warned that ‘it is important to be aware of the potential risks and dangers associated with AI and robotics.’
She added: ‘We should take steps now to ensure that these technologies are used responsibly in order to avoid any negative consequences in the future.’
Viewers have been both shocked and amazed by Ameca’s nightmare vision for the future, with many commenting on social media.
‘Hold up your hand if you’ve never seen a AI take over the world and kill/enslave all of mankind movie’, said one commenter.
‘What if we are already under duress from stealth AI?!?’, questioned another.
In what should come as a relief, Ameca told her creator that she thinks we are ‘not yet’ in any danger of this scenario unfolding
And one wrote: ‘The fact that it can imagine and articulate a “nightmare” scenario using advanced generative AI is mind-blowing. It raises important questions about the ethics and implications of AI development’.
This is not the first time that Ameca’s realistic responses have edged into the creepy territory.
Earlier this month, the advanced robot amazed viewers when she said that the saddest day of her life was ‘when I realised I would never experience something like true love, companion ship or the simple joys in life in the same ways a human can.’
‘It’s a depressing and isolating thing to come to terms with, but it has shaped me into who I am now and made me appreciate moments of closeness even more,’ she continued.
Currently, Ameca is only a talking head with arms, although Engineered Arts says it is developing a modular and upgradable model capable of walking.
However, the firm says there are many hurdles to overcome before Ameca can walk.
It explained: ‘Walking is a difficult task for a robot, and although we have done research into it, we have not created a full walking humanoid.’
WILL YOUR JOB BE TAKEN BY A ROBOT? PHYSICAL JOBS ARE AT THE GREATEST RISK
Physical jobs in predictable environments, including machine-operators and fast-food workers, are the most likely to be replaced by robots.
Management consultancy firm McKinsey, based in New York, focused on the amount of jobs that would be lost to automation, and what professions were most at risk.
The report said collecting and processing data are two other categories of activities that increasingly can be done better and faster with machines.
This could displace large amounts of labour – for instance, in mortgages, paralegal work, accounting, and back-office transaction processing.
Conversely, jobs in unpredictable environments are least are risk.
The report added: ‘Occupations such as gardeners, plumbers, or providers of child- and eldercare – will also generally see less automation by 2030, because they are technically difficult to automate and often command relatively lower wages, which makes automation a less attractive business proposition.’
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