Artificial intelligence: How far can it go?

2nd October 2018 The Big Questions 2 Comments

AI is coming faster than we think. Go onto any social network and login to your account and on the “News Feed”, what you see is there because artificial intelligence thought you would like it. Jobs may soon be entirely taken over by artificial intelligence – especially ones which involve repetitive work.

But, how far can artificial intelligence really go?


You may or may not have heard this word before. Basically, humanoids are artificial intelligence robots which look like humans and sometimes even act like us. And, when humanoids are living among us (yes, when, not if) there would be ethical issues.

Ethical issues

Once AI lives amongst us in humanoids, ethical issues will start to be raised. Should robots have the same rights as humans? And if so, what rights should they have? We don’t know right now, because they don’t exist. But, when they do, that’s when we’ll need to start debating…


One possibility of all this technology is we could communicate using telepathy. Basically, a chip connected to an ultra-high speed internet network is planted into your brain.

We can “talk” telepathically at a much faster rate than when using our mouths. But it comes at a cost… and one we may not be prepared for.

The end of privacy

If you thought Google tracking your search history is creepy (which is why I use DuckDuckGo instead, but that’s a story for another time) then what if everyone knows what you’re thinking, all the time? Now, that’s very creepy.

And these are the consequences that we know of. Who knows what could happen if someone hacked into your brain? Sure, it may seem impossible now, but it will be possible in the future.

But what if we discarded our real bodies and uploaded our brain to some kind of computer universe?


Meta-verse – a term used to describe when we live in a universe inside a computer. But some people (with pHDs) think we are living in a simulation right now. But that’s something for another blog post.

A meta-verse is basically a virtual chat room, only you actually interact with 3D avatars. At first people will choose whether to live in the real world or the metaverse. But there will come a point where everyone lives in a computer. Maybe that’s why we haven’t found any aliens.


In conclusion, AI will become part of our lives. If you thought smartphone addiction was bad, wait until we get to the future, where computer and humans will merge.

What do you think will happen in the future? Will it be better or worse than now? Comments below!

2 thoughts on “Artificial intelligence: How far can it go?

  1. Stuart is very interested in AI for transport. There has already been an AI car in Greenwich protected by a normal car in front and behind because it would have spooked human drivers. The same AI pods are now used at Heathrow Airport to Carry passengers from the car park to terminal 5. When you are ready for your driving license you may not need it Uber have invested £500 million with Toyota to produce a range of AI cars for 2021 which is nearly 2 years away. So you are on the right lines it’s going to be so fast. Well done Calum.

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