Original article was published by ArZu on Artificial Intelligence on Medium

Did you know The name for “robot” has dark origins?

If you look into the etymology of “robot,” it comes from the Czech word .“robota”. which translates to forced labor or work.

The word was first used to refer to a fictional humanoid in a play in 1920.

Weren’t we all supposed to have robot butlers or maids by now?

David Eagleman

Even David Eagleman, the neuroscientist, and writer, is disappointed. He said that “I predicted that 20 years ago, when I was a sanguine boy loving Star Wars, and the smartest robot we have now is the Roomba vacuum cleaner, I won’t be surprised if I’m wrong in another 25 years. Artificial intelligence has proved itself an unexpectedly difficult problem.”

Roomba Vaccum Cleaber

As for fears that robots will soon steal all our jobs, Wired magazine isn’t too concerned. As they reported last year, “the problem we’re facing isn’t that the robots are coming. It’s that they aren’t.”

The robots are indeed coming. Maybe Only not as personal assistants and vacuum cleaners. Ask any smart person and they’ll tell you, “Oh yeah, we’re making robots that are way too smart. We’re all doomed.” Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley startup, believes that “we will be the first species ever to design our own descendants.”

Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhwan

Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan, a Neuroscientist and Geostrategist — which are two occupations that almost sound like fake jobs from a science-fiction movie — says that it’s only a matter of time before human beings create “transhumans,” which are just “improved versions of themselves that will eventually pose a threat to non-enhanced humans.”