Saturday, October 31, 2009
Halloween is here and the dead are everywhere. OK, so I'll admit I occasionally get a good scare from my dead brothers and sisters, every now and then they sneak up on me. But mostly the dead don't spook me.
You want to know what scares me, what makes the hair on my neck stand up straight, what gives me the chills and the icky kind of goosebumps? A.I. Yes. Artificial intelligence. A.I. seriously creeps me out.
When I think of all those brilliant computer geeks at M.I.T. and many other places, working diligently and creatively to make smart machines, it really gives me the willies! Haven't they seen ANY of the movies about ALL the things that can go wrong once you bestow intelligence? Whoa. What the hell are they thinking?
Today, fittingly for Halloween, I'm reading about these intelligent robots who are meant to act as therapists for people recovering from strokes, or kids with autism, but, oh dear Maja Matarić, please honey, take a break and watch The Matrix. I beg of you, do it! Or Terminator or Terminator II. C'mon, please! Before it's too late!!
It's Halloween and I'm spooked, just as I should be. Oh yeah!!