At a conference in Massachusetts MIT institute for AI & robotics, Professor Glen Hawks continues his speech on, “The Greatest Leap for Mankind”. In a loud and proud commanding voice he states:
“Robotic systems (slight pause) controlled by artificial intelligence have delivered humanity from the shackles of mundane tasks (pause) whilst enhancing education, improving global food production and increasing the average life expectancy by 20 years through accurate predictions and diagnoses. We the human race (he pauses again as he looks around the room) have taken a giant leap on the path to the stars and beyond”.
There is a rapturous applause from the audience, a collective group of experts from all walks of life including, academics, political leaders, professors of AI and robotics, lead scientists including technologists, chemists, biologists, physicists and cutting edge industry organisations with the power and wealth to lever the benefits of robotic and AI systems. Professor Hawks concludes his speech with an announcement:
“Since our early days, utilising DNA to create Artificial Intelligence in the Xenbot project, here at MIT we have entered into a new phase, propelling our research into AI to leverage even greater potential.
Through collaboration and investment with our global industry partners we would like to unveil our latest creation ALIV3!”
Hovering above the crowd in the conference room appears augmented reality symbols of all the sponsors including heavy weight industry organisations
such as NASA, Intel, Apple, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon and Facebook, amongst others, cutting edge Bio engineering companies.
Towards the end of the speech the crowd disperse and a select few from the top sponsors are given a tour of the facility. As they enter a secure area passing through various checkpoints embedded with the latest facial, voice and DNA recognition systems, a security advisor announces:
“As you can see we have implemented a multi-layered security system to provide defence in depth”.
They enter a mezzanine viewing platform. The reinforced glass window separating them from a labyrinth of interconnected servers clustered around a huge glass cylinder. The cylinder strangely lit with a ghostly green hue contrasting with the flickering of the blue and red server lights surrounding it. Floating in the glass cylinder appears a fleshy pink cauliflower substance about the size of a large cow but with a structure similar to a human cerebrum.
“Is.. is.. is that a brain?” One of the observers stutters.
Professor Hawks steps forward:
“Not a brain as such but a complex neural network of brain cells created in a Lab from stem cells, which can grow, recycle and regenerate within the synthetic cerebrospinal fluid it is floating in”.
The professor points to a research paper on the wall.
“The fluid provides the necessary oxygen, nutrients and amino acids to allow the system to grow as its capacity for knowledge expands”
An astounded viewer mutters: “You mean it’s alive?”
Professor Hawks continues:
“Not quite alive as we know it, but it functions as the next level artificial intelligence able to create new learning pathways, algorithms and make decisions autonomously, acting as a super core processor for our cluster of computer data-centres attached”.