An artificial brain. What could go wrong with that?

Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war ‘Judgment Day.’ They lived only to face a new nightmare, the war against the Machines…

That’s the nightmare scenario portrayed in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. A computer becomes smart and self-aware enough to know that humans are the only threat to its existence. That couldn’t happen, right?

Except yeah, it kinda can.

A scientist named Andrew Ng is right this very second seeking to build the most advanced artificial intelligence ever made. An intelligence so powerful that it can teach us how our own brains work.

Wired Magazine has a surprisingly somber and non-terrified take on this story, I urge you to read it. Right now I’m just a little freeeeeeeeeeeeaked out. Because really? Have we learned nothing from all those episodes of Star Trek, from The Matrix and all those other movies and shows?

Folks, there may well come a time when we have computers as intelligent as humans. It’s a fair bet that I’ll be on trial for all the times I took old PCs apart and hit them with sledgehammers. But are we really, really trying this right now? And am I the only person that thinks this is an incredibly bad idea?

If nothing else, we should probably pull all evidence of this video and make sure they never know that we thought it was funny:

I’m joking because it’s a little hard to parse through all this. Someone actually thinks building an artificial brain is a good idea. Holy guacamole

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Stuart Sweet
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