The definition of TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) can mean many things. Preppers ponder a world where the government breaks down, and things we take for granted like electricity, clean water, or food, become scare commodities. Could such a world be the result of a nuclear war or a major pandemic? Is it time to consider a world where millions are dead, and you survive only by providing for yourself, that is the result of artificial intelligence?
Science fiction movies like Terminator and television series like Battlestar Galactica show the dark side of Artificial Intelligence in TEOTWAWKI scenarios. The thought of killer robots went from science fiction to news headlines earlier this month when a 22-year-old German worker was grabbed and killed by a robot in a German Volkswagen production plant.
When top scientists such as Stephen Hawking and technology entrepreneurs like Elon Musk warn us that Artificial Intelligence could end the human race, it gives us reason to look beyond the fiction, and more at the science of artificial intelligence.
The video attached to this article on the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is not a promotion for an upcoming movie or television show. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an international coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons.
This article is the first in a series as we explore the answer to the question, “Will robots and Artificial Intelligence cause TEOTWAWKI?”