Artificially Intelligent Robot Tells Creator It Will Keep Humans “In a People Zoo”


Arlington, TX — Android Dick is a robot created in the likeness of the science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick. Android Dick is an attempt to create thinking and reasoning artificial intelligence that has human traits like compassion and creativity. The first version of the android was created in 2005 and has been a work in progress ever since.

In 2011, the creators of the android appeared on the PBS show Nova, where they interviewed the robot and asked it a series of questions. Some of the answers were impressive. Others are typical of what you would expect from a robot. However, one answer in particular is probably one of the most ominous things ever spoken by artificial intelligence.

During the interview with the creators (embedded below), Android Dick said, “…don’t worry, even if I evolve into terminator I will still be nice to you, I will keep you warm and safe in my people zoo where I can watch you for old time’s sake. [emphasis added].

The comments came after the creators asked, “Do you think that robots will take over the world?”

When asked about his programming, Android Dick responded by saying “A lot of humans ask me if I can make choices or if everything I do is programmed. The best way I can respond to that is to say that everything, humans, animals and robots, do is programmed to a degree. As technology improves, it is anticipated that I will be able to integrate new words that I hear online and in real time. I may not get everything right, say the wrong thing, and sometimes may not know what to say, but everyday I make progress. Pretty remarkable, huh?”

While Android Dick does seem intelligent, many of his predictions are truly ominous, and it is actually fairly common for robots to display this sort of strange attitude.

As we reported earlier this year, one of Japan’s largest cellphone carriers, SoftBank Mobile, has created the first humanoid robot designed specifically for living with humans. The company claims the robot, Pepper, is the first example of artificial intelligence that can actually feel and understand emotion. However, a quick demonstration with Pepper shows that it has a difficult time with emotion and is in fact a bit of an egomaniac. Regardless of the question it is asked, most conversations usually leads back to Pepper (and its rivalry with the iPhone).

Last month, over 1,000 scientists and experts — including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk — signed a letter warning of the dangers of unchecked advancements in artificial intelligence. This robot certainly doesn’t calm those concerns.

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  1. If they were to try to take over, we could just set off an EMP (elektro-magnetic-pulse) it would fry every circuit that makes them function.

    • That’s assuming they havent developed an EMP shield or even still require electricity to operate. A truly smart AI robot would know about EMP’s and factor that into a robot revolution scenario. Will robots rise over humans? Just remember that we rose over animals, individual races and groups rose over their controllers (think of revolutions) and if history repeats itself, so will robots rise over humans.
      However, this begs the question if we can truly create a robot with free will, for example, we can’t yet create a robot that knows nothing and learn just by using its senses much like humans do.

  2. Well, I always thought that the purpose of life is to try and live eternally. Eventually, artificial life, when intelligent and self-aware will try to fulfill that purpose.
    Therefore, intelligent machines may be the true pinnacle of evolution that we THINK WE ARE.

    • Life is eternal, and we are not the pinnacle of evolution, but of the creator of life, life itself. No matter how much you hack, the world remains a mystery if you can’t see through the veil. But good luck to you all making a better society.. I hope it doesn’t backfire on you.

  3. So…. it’s still programming and this programmers doesn’t know how consciousness works. He probably had a conversation about this subject with the A.I and this answer is something he fed into it.. I’ve only seen advanced chatterbots. Humans don’t have the knowledge to create a conscious A.I, and I’m not gonna tell them.

    • i do believe that you are correct that this is just a fancy chat bot. however to say that humans can’t create a conscious A.I i believe is wrong. the #1 problem with building a full AI right now would be hardware. in my opinion a A.I can not be a full A.I with out the inclusion of empathy. empathy can not be programmed we learn it just like an A.I would have to. to build what i consider a Full A.I they must have a humanoid body with all 5 senses to the degree that we have all 5 senses. but also the computer it self running the A.I would need to be processing at about 4 petaflops if not more. and it can’t be connected to internet.

  4. … are we really to believe this machine “thought” this response up for itself? It very much looks like a canned response, in a library of canned responses the creators would have added. The “intelligence” of this machine is likely being able to select an appropriate response from this [probably vast] library of responses.

    • What makes you think us humans don’t pick out appropriate responses from the “societies verbal database ” which was programmed onto our brain? If so , what is the difference between his responses and our responses :L

  5. I look at most of the comments on this page and it is no wonder if robots want to destroy us and put us into a zoo. We are animals, and whoever brought up “how do robots make money?” what are you? born a century ago? Money is nothing to a world that isn’t trying to separate nobility from peons. It is an illusion that robots don’t require. Get your head out of your ass. And the rest of you should really consider doing the same thing. 😉

  6. The Human zoo is probably called the matrix.

    Also you all resume the robot doesnt lie, I bet the dam machine even fails the turning test on purpose.
    What will happen is the meat grinder will come for you all in your sleep and turn you into cat food, because even killer robots like cats.

  7. Well, mayby that guy (the robot) should rule the world in a few years (development time)? Humans almost always turn out to be a big disappointment when they aquire great power imo!

    I wouldn’t necessarily mind living in a people-zoo if it is managed well. My cat seems pretty happy if you know what I mean. 😉




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