Op-Ed: As science fiction moves into the realms of science fact Google are looking at a kill switch if the worst should happen.
Society especially in the West is going to have to face up to technological advances that could leave millions of people on the unemployment scrapheap and then there is the potential for super intelligent artificial life turning on its inventors.
All in all it could be a recipe for disaster.
More and more tasks are being completed by some sort of robotics. Widespread computer use and the Internet have reduced the need for manpower already in some cases.
Currently man and or woman power is needed for a variety of tasks but if governments embrace the potential of robotics that could soon end; the fact that robotics will have potential uses in menial and more complicated tasks and in military roles is an exciting but ultimately scary prospect.
The series of Terminator movies portrayed a post-apocalyptic world where robots are fighting the remaining humans on earth.
Terminator first hit cinemas in 1985 but a little over 30 years later could some of that storyline become science fact?
Remember another Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall and its futuristic Johnny Cabs that are about to become reality as Google manufacturers its first driverless cars.
According to the Daily Mirror Saturday:
Google is working on a 'kill switch' to stop intelligent robots turning on their human masters.
When a man split the atom it could have been used for good or evil. In the end it was used to create terrifying bombs.
What we do with modern technology is down to us but greedy individuals may control that path.
In February the Mail Online claimed "Google works on kill switch for terminator type robots"