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The Great Debate: Man Vs Machine

The technology available to us has soared in recent years opening us up a world of opportunity and improving our lives tenfold. We now have access to machines and devices that can assist us in our everyday activities, making it possible to do things like communicate internationally in an instant. This has led to many people believing that we are over reliant on this technology. Some sceptics go even further and say that not only will we become over reliant but that machines will in time overrun humanity as we know it, and thus control the world.

The Great Debate: Machine vs Human

Here at CSOFT, this got us thinking, is there a real chance that machines could take over the world? We were so interested on this divided opinions, that we decided to open it up for debate at our annual Summit this month. We have gathered experts in the technology industry from around the world to join the debate panel. On Thursday, Sept 17th, they will battle it out in front of our live audience.

Most people are still relatively confident that machines will not become intelligent enough to be able to think for themselves and take over. However, the American Poet, Diane Ackerman, once said, “Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver.” She is not alone in these thoughts with a lot of theorists supporting this view that developing artificial intelligence too much could be dangerous. One individual who has stood out in recent years is Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He has donated millions of dollars to the future of life institute – an institute that uses money to keep artificial intelligence “robust and beneficial.”

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The other side of the argument is that no matter how intelligent machines become, they are created by humans and they can never become as intelligent as their creators. We will leave you with the words of American writer Elbert Hubbard, who claimed that “one machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

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