A scientist named David Hanson created an AI (Artificial Intelligence) robot named Android Dick after Philip K. Dick, a science fiction writer. The robot has some knowledge programmed into his system but as it interacts with people, it uses speech recognition and the internet to assemble a response, if one is not programmed in for the particular question asked. What is really creepy is that it looks like an elderly well-dressed gentleman with the back of his skull out and instead of a brain, there is a large tangle of wires that are connected to a laptop.
As it talks to people, the laptop gathers together phrases that the person says and uses speech recognition to figure out what the person asked or said. It then formulates a response. For instance, the android was asked if it could think, and it said, “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 as 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 every day I make progress. Pretty remarkable, huh?”
Some of that response was programmed, but some of it the robot formulated himself. When asked, “Do you believe robots will take over the world?” Part of the robot’s response was, “…even if I do evolve into Terminator, I’ll still be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake.”