Is it possible that sometime in the near future, that intelligent life will be able to eclipse human life? And if it is possible, will these consequences be catastrophic?
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Deez: If your question is "will intelligent robots be able to damage humans?" The answer is: "They already are". There are missiles with artificial intelligence whose sole purpose is to find and kill (and I think that could be cataloged as "catastrophic"). Any modern auto-guided weapon has some degree of intelligence devoted solely to damage, destroy and kill.
However, the "decision" of "what" and "when" to destroy is still managed by a human. Perhaps the real menace will arrive when the machines decide by themselves what and when to destroy.
Will it happen sometime? It depends: We humans make the programming. If we program a machine to take those decisions on their own and based on their own evaluation, then surely they will. And (as it has been historically proven by the endless patching of all the software we use), we humans are not perfect developers and our code always contains some degree of "opportunity areas" and needs to be "upgraded" sometimes. If we humans develop a highly intelligent entity AND we put it in charge of any weapon of mass destruction, then surely the results will be catastrophic.