It’s too bad that the Terminator image in popular media has now become synonymous with the advancing field of robotics and artificial intelligence. Fear of the so called “Robot Apocalypse” or “Robot Take Over” is also becoming a rather tiresome trope in emerging technology articles from people that should know better. The fact is an advanced AI enabled robot isn’t going to care about “taking over” anything, it won’t concern itself with arbitrary lines on a map created by humans, or the GDP of the United States, or human ideologies, or your opinions, these are all human centered concerns for a human world. We fear an AI / Robot “take over” because that is precisely what we would do as human beings if our cognitive and physical abilities could match that of an AI enabled robot. This is merely the projection of our own fears and desires on to robotics and artificial intelligence. It really doesn’t have anything to do with the technology itself. More importantly we really have no basis to assume that a machine intelligence would plot our demise, end our world or take over the world. So fear of a “Robot Apocalypse” or “Robot Take Over” is simply nonsense in our opinion.
What an advanced artificial intelligence would care about is natural resources required to expand its intelligence, enhance its evolution and further enable its ability to self replicate on all scales. An AI would not be content with limiting its ability to advance its evolution to the confines of the planet, in time it would need to move on. The most we need to really need to worry about is our machines growing so great in intelligence and power that they simply disregard us entirely and move off planet leaving us behind in search of even greater material resources than what the earth can provide.