Nikola Tesla’s writings about machines with “minds of their own” predict the rise of AI
The century-old writings of American inventor Nikola Tesla predict the development of artificial intelligence and seem to predict the rise of this revolutionary technology.
The technological and electrical pioneer’s scientific genius equipped him to make accurate predictions, including foretelling the emergence of machines with “minds of their own.”
“I propose to show that it is possible to invent an automaton with a ‘mind of its own,'” wrote Tesla in June 1900, “and by that I mean that it will be capable of. Any operator is entirely left to himself to perform as many actions and operations as if he had intelligence, in response to external influences upon his sense organs.’
The comments were published in The Century Magazine in an essay titled “The Problem of Increasing Human Power.”
Born in the Austrian Empire in 1856 before moving to the United States in his late twenties, Tesla is known for his inventions such as hydropower, the Tesla coil, and radio assembly. He is also known for various predictions about the future of mankind, such as the creation of wireless technology and even the description of modern cell phones.
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The newly discovered essay has been described as Tesla’s “philosophical treatise” in which he used his research and genius to explain “how to meet humanity’s growing need for energy,” according to the Tesla Research Center in Wardencliffe, New York, and “dedicated to the preservation of . and promoting Nikola Tesla’s legacy.”
“He can follow a certain course or follow orders already given; he can distinguish between what should be done and what should not be done, and he can experiment or, in other words, register impressions. this will undoubtedly affect his subsequent actions,” Tesla wrote.
Tesla’s comment today is a prediction of what today’s world calls artificial intelligence, which is generally understood as machines capable of simulating human intelligence and performing various operationally based tasks. man.
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“Tesla envisioned an era of machines that could think independently of humans,” Joseph Sikorski, a member of the history and collections committee at the Tesla Research Center in Wardencliff, told Fox News Digital.
“Perhaps his best-known example is his remote-controlled boat, with key patents for Teleautomaton, radio, robotics, and the Nano ET Gate—a primitive logic gate that is a core part of every computer.”
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Two years before Tesla wrote The Human Power Problem, he created the world’s first radio-controlled boat, paving the way for modern drones.
Sikorski, the famous Tesla researcher and director, showed Tesla’s letter to Purdue University professor Benjamin Franklin Missner in the 1890s, in which Tesla explained that he would never limit himself to “remote-controlled mechanisms, but machines with their own intelligence.”
“Since that time I have advanced a great deal in the evolution of invention, and I believe that the time is not far distant when I shall present an automaton, left to itself, rational, and acting without any will. external control. “Whatever the practical possibilities of such an achievement, it marks the beginning of a new era in mechanics,” Tesla continued.
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Sikorsky told Fox News Digital that Tesla described the Telautomat as a “borrowed mind.”
“This illustrates the potential benefits, but also the dangers, of unrestricted AI, as it can make all the difference where intelligence is ‘borrowed’ as it builds on the work of people who can’t handle their own shortcomings. or bias,” Sikorski said.
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The release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot last year launched tech communities around the world into a race to develop powerful AI systems. The chatbot is trained to mimic human conversation by ingesting large amounts of text — from news articles and websites to books — and generating responses based on data patterns for human users.
Some technology leaders and experts have publicly condemned the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, with many critics concerned about how AI will surpass human intelligence.
“I suddenly changed my mind about whether these things could be smarter than we are,” said Jeffrey Hinton, the so-called “father of AI” in this month’s MIT Technology Review. “I think they’re very close to it now, and they’re going to be a lot smarter than us in the future … How are we going to survive this?”
Although Tesla accurately predicted a number of other technological advances that are currently in use, such as technology that can transmit data wirelessly, also known as the Internet, the BBC previously reported.
He even speculated in a 1926 interview with Collier’s magazine about the “jacket-pocket” technology that Tesla envisioned for the creation of mobile phones.
“When wireless communication is fully implemented, the whole earth becomes one big brain, in fact, all things are parts of a real and rhythmic whole. We can talk to each other instantly no matter how far away we are.” Tesla said in a 1926 interview with Collier’s.
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“Not only that, but thanks to television and telephony, we can see and hear each other as clearly as if we were face to face, despite the distance of thousands of miles; and the tools we can use to do it will be surprisingly simple compared to our current phone. A man may have it in his jacket pocket,” he continued.
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