The Bots Must be Crazy


The Bots Must be Crazy

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


t’s a truth universally acknowledged that there are only two ways that the world is going to end: a zombie apocalypse à la Dawn of the Dead or a robot uprising as the one in Terminator. I’m a believer in the latter scenario because, well, how can you not believe Arnie when he says, “I’ll be back.” And also, because we’re on the brink of ground-breaking advancements in artificial intelligence.

AI could herald a quantum shift in the way technology functions. You heard it here first: AI is to the 21st century what electricity was to the 19th. That is, cutting-edge tech that has the potential to rewire your neurons. Two of Silicon Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk, have realised this and are scrambling to harness its potential power, in a struggle reminiscent of another clash of science titans.