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Will Robots Social Network When They Eclipse Man's Intelligence? [Videos]

'Singularity' for those mere mortals who are unaware is the theoretical emergence of a super-intelligence through technological means. First proposed by mathematician John von Neumann, it is the time when "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue."

Ray KurzweilRay KurzweilIn his book "The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology," futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, "computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence," Kurzweil wrote in an email to LiveScience.

So if robots and artificial intelligence will inevitably have more intelligence than man, what will social networking look like in that world? Well, according to a new social network catering to robots and their owners, you don't have to wait another 16 years to find out. Almost like a real-life version of "Back To The Future," launched in December, 2011, MyRobots.com is artificial intelligence's answer to Facebook.

Designed for robot owners and their robotic devices, the portal offers an opportunity for robots to generate their own status updates. Internet-enabled robots can be connected to MyRobots with an open API.

And if one network wasn't enough, there's also RoboEarth, described as “a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other about their behavior and their environment.” The site is designed for robots to upload their experiences at solving a task so that other robots can learn from the data. RoboEarth’s team members are Europe-based researchers with funding from the European Commission's Cognitive Systems and Robotics Initiative.


This video shows examples of how the RoboEarth Cloud Engine may help tomorrow's robots to increase their performance by leveraging the computational, storage, and communications infrastructure of modern data centers. The current alpha release of the software framework allows developers to create their own robot cloud services. A number of such services, such as those illustrated in the video, are already under development.

Mario TremblayMario TremblayIn April, 2013, CEO and founder of RobotShop, Mario Tremblay indicated that since robots are no longer limited to the physical world, why shouldn't they be connecting and communicating with each other across the Internet. "When connected via the Internet, robots become augmented with the processing power of all the resources they are in touch with.  This leads to better communication, and the ability of individual robots to outsource tasks to the global community of 'machines,' " says Tremblay.


However, with robots approaching singularity in the very near future, you might want to think twice about allowing them to communicate globally at this juncture. The risk just might outweigh the rewards. Some researchers in this field point to hackers with malicious intent. After all, we've had the Internet for decades and see the trouble malware can cause to websites, let alone the security issues and terrorism threats.

Potentially leading to a "robot apocalypse," droids reaching singularity of mind and thought might one day turn on their masters. Yes, this is the stuff of science-fiction, but clearly robots who have a global social network at their beck 'n call could easily call for an uprising, a la the movie I, Robot. Can't you just imagine it. Robots, who man has persecuted into living solitary lives with no rights mobilize in protest to "live free" in a world where they can control their own destinies. A world controlled by Robot Overlords! Yikes!