The possibility of super-intelligent robots one day rising up against the human race, as portrayed in the Terminator movies, just moved one step closer to reality.
It comes after scientists unveiled a significant breakthrough in the development of intelligent machines capable of learning and functioning independently of humankind.
And if the move does one-day lead to worldwide nuclear Armageddon, then the few survivors left may have researchers at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) based in Paris, to thank for the creation of the first artificial brain synapse.
The synapse created was capable of adapting its composition to make signal pathways within the brain more efficient.
According to the researchers, this could lead to the creation of artificial intelligence capable of learning like a human brain.
“In the brain, learning is achieved through the ability of synapses to reconfigure the strength by which they connect neurons,’” the researchers explained.
“Information flows from neuron to neuron through synapses of variable connection strength. The overall distribution of the synaptic strengths provides the neural network with memory.”
The artificial synapse created, which has been dubbed a memristor, could be a real game-changer in the world of artificial intelligence.
Though only a tiny component made from a thin layer of material sandwiched between two electrodes, when tuned using voltage pulses similar to those in neurons they found that the device’s capacity to adapt its electrical resistance offers up the potential for the artificial synapse to learn.
Independently intelligent robots could offer any number of benefits and a few interesting ideas too.
Not only will we be in danger of facing some form of robot uprising from self-aware, learning androids capable of realising they have become enslaved by the human race but sex dolls could also get a little too real for comfort.
Maybe it’s better if they do nuke us all to oblivion.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.