Why can’t robots take over the world?

Another major point that James Quinn bright back from the Davis conference is that “Robots are not going to take over”.  This seemed to be the consensus of the meeting.  However, in the six paragraphs that followed there wasn’t any explanation of why people should think that.  But they do, of course. We are programmed to be hopeful rather than despondent.

The only possible way that robots could take over is if one of them became a world-wide tyrant and made sure that his electric plug was never removed from the wall socket.  But such a robotic tyrant could only come into being if a human world-wide tyrant were to give it total power.  But such a human world-wide tyrant could never exist by definition.  Quod erat demonstrandum.


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