Robots Aren’t Going To Kill Us, Stanford Study Concludes

The future of artificial intelligence is looking bright

You can finally put your SkyNet theories to bed; according to a 100-year study conducted by a Stanford University Project, robots aren’t going to try and take over the human race (in the near future at least).

The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence project is an ongoing review of artificial intelligence, made up by a group of scientists, that track and plot the future of AI and it’s effect on various aspects of human life.

The Stanford-hosted project has been bringing together bright minds for many years, but this is the first year that they have published a report. Titled, Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030, the report looks 15 years into the future at how AI will affect things like transportation and health care, but also takes time to address the ever-popular misconception that robots designed with artificial intelligence will seek to destroy human life.

Peter Stone, the study’s lead author says works of fiction like movies and books are to blame:

The portrayal of artificial intelligence in the movies and in literature is fictional, It’s a misconception of people . . . that AI is one thing. We also found that the general public is either very positively disposed to AI and excited about it, sometimes in a way that’s unrealistic, or scared of it and saying it’s going to destroy us, but also in a way that’s unrealistic.

The report concludes that by 2030, the most observable shift to a reliance on AI will be in the transportation field. “Autonomous transportation will soon be commonplace” it says. “Most people’s first experience with physically embodied AI systems, will strongly influence the public’s perception of AI.”

A world without late buses and mass-genocide by robots? Sign us up!

If you want to read more, check out the report for free here.