Can Space Robots Save Humanity?
- Published: June 19, 2019
- Written by Jayshree Pandya
Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing at an incredible rate and is rapidly catching up with human intelligence (HI). From the development of single-purpose narrow artificial intelligence (ANI) to artificial general intelligence (AGI), intelligent robots that can think, act, and make decisions with or without humans on earth and beyond are soon to be a reality. As serious plans are made for more moon missions, asteroid mining, and space colonization, the arrival of intelligent space robots will be useful for not only gathering information about our universe but also doing tasks such as building spaces for human habitation beyond earth.
There are visible indicators that for space exploration humans will rely on intelligent systems in many shapes, sizes, and structures. In general, robots embedded with artificial general intelligence seem to be at the heart of space exploration and colonization. This raises the question: why are AGI embedded space robots the preferred explorers for scouting the unknown space terrain?
Risk Group discussed Artificial General Intelligence for Space Robots with Alok Gautam, Co-Founder, and CEO of Olbrain based in the United States.
The reason behind this is that they bring the physical strength and resilience that we need to explore the unknowns. Moreover, they can survive only on one energy source and can have a long operational life. The ability of intelligent space robots to survive in any atmospheric and environmental condition is also crucial. Hopefully, these AGI embedded space robots will be able to self-replicate using raw materials available on other planets, giving them the numbers we need to explore the galaxy and the ability to work towards the goals we define for the benefit of humanity.
It is therefore essential to understand (i) what role AGI will likely play in future space exploration and (ii) whether we will have the necessary controls embedded in AGI that will prevent intelligent robots from going off track and becoming dangerous.
Acknowledging this emerging reality, Risk Group initiated a much-needed discussion on Artificial General Intelligence for Robotic Colonization of Space with Alok Gautam, Co-Founder, and CEO of Olbrain based in the United States on Risk Roundup.
So, as we look to colonize space with AGI embedded robots, the question is: what is the level of intelligence necessary for robot colonization to succeed? And have we reached that capacity in machines?