You might not think machines are all that smart, especially if you ask Siri to do something on your iPhone and it doesn’t get done correctly. But, there’s one man that thinks robots will be at the top of the food chain. And they’ll be there sooner than you think.
Google's Ray Kurzweil raised eyebrows when he said our bodies will be replaced by machines. Well, now he says that robots will be smarter than all of us by the year 2029. Sounds crazy, right? Futurist Peter Bishop doesn't think so.
“I wouldn’t be shocked. It would be something that’s the development of technology,” Bishop, a retired professor at the University of Houston, said.
So what happens if Kurzweil is right? Could the machines wind up taking over, like they did in the 'Terminator' movies? Bishop says we just don't know.
“We’ve never shared the planet with another intelligent species. So the outcome is yet to be determined,” Bishop said.
So Bishop understands that many of you will have questions about this.
“Will that intelligent species be malicious? Will it be benign? Is it even going to be helpful? If it’s actually smarter than we are, maybe it’ll just do the things we can’t do,” Bishop theorized.
Before you write off Kurzweil as crazy, just remember that this is the same guy that predicted that a computer would beat a chess champion by 1998. It happened in 1997. He also predicted that a little known thing called the internet would explode into what it is today.