"The robots are here," Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy told a packed room at IdeaFestival 2015 in Louisville, KY. "You may not see them every day, but we know how to make them. We fund research to design them. We have robots who can assist us and robot soldiers who can kill us."
What is next, Yampolskiy asked rhetorically. His answer: Superintelligence, intelligence beyond human. There are projects funded at unprecedented levels, conferences devoted to this, and private companies employing the brightest people in the world to solve these problems.
"Given the funding and intelligence," Yampolskiy said, "it would be surprising if they don't succeed."
Read Yampolskiy's full list of machine attributes to be aware of.