Opinion: Is Elon Musk right about artificial intelligence being dangerous?

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In 2015, Mattel developed Barbie dolls that can talk, listen, and understand. By 2017, a robot, named Sophia became a citizen of Saudi Arabia.

While you read this article, automatons are hard at work in factories. And the Ford plant has two four-legged robots named Fluffy and Spot that are at it’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant crawling around it’s facilities to laser scan 3D images that engineers will use to redesign and retool its plants. 

Machines beat humans at chess and cars, like Elon Musk’s Tesla, have self-driving features.

Thanks to the average home Wi-Fi System you can manage all the appliances in your household, from an app on your smartphone, while you are at work or even out of town. 

Technologists, engineers, and researchers are finding ways to use artificial intelligence in education, the medical profession, and customer service. AI is influencing the automotive industry and it’s traveling in space.

As superintelligence develops, neuroscientists, physicists, and programmers all ponder the nature of life. More often than not, it is suggested that AI will someday develop into a separate species. 

Changing the Rules in AI

Until the early 1990’s AI was developed primarily through rules-based techniques. This meant that robots could only do what they were programmed to do.