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September 1, 1993

AI ADVANCES

By CBR Staff Writer

Professor Kevin Warwick of Reading University has really put the robots among the humans at the annual conference of the British Association for the Advancement of Science with his assertion that the logical conclusion of current work in artificial intelligence is that within 15 years, robots could be as intelligent as humans, and could decide to destroy the human race soon after: according to the Daily Telegraph, describing seven little robots his team has built, which look like desktop tricycles for mice, Professor Warwick says that in one mode, they charge around the place at random, but if you move towards them, they all run away from you, and can also travel in file like ducks, and each has a character of its own and you can’t predict what they’re going to do next – some are pretty obnoxious.

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