Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has reportedly spent many sleepless nights fretting about the day when technology would have dominion over humans. Like the turning point when the student surpasses the master, his fear was of a future where artificial intelligence would become smarter than people and take over the world, but then he had an epiphany.
Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem, and like other creatures of the planet, we have our place (hopefully he's right and things don't go the other way).
Folks, we're not making this up.
"It's actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they'd even have the ability," Wozniak said at the Freescale Technology Forum in Austin, Texas, according to TechRepublic. "They'll be so smart by then that they'll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature. So I got over my fear that we'd be replaced by computers. They're going to help us. We're at least the gods originally."
If you think Wozniak's comments sound like either like (A) the ramblings of someone who forgot to swallow their crazy pills or (B) a Hollywood executive listening to a pitch for a new sci-fi movie, then hold that thought, this train's about to depart WTFville and head towards Batshit Crazy Town.
"The Internet of Things, if it ever did want to take over the world, would send a message to the computers of today saying, 'build us the Internet of Things, that's what we need'. It makes things nice for humans, so we want this. If it turned on us, it would surprise us. But we want to be the family pet and be taken care of all the time," Wozniak said.
"I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog filet steak and chicken every night because 'do unto others,'" Wozniak joked.
Let's sum things up, shall we? We created the Internet of Things, which will eventually serve artificially intelligent computers that rule the world and keep humans as pets. The key to a happy existence? Steak -- feed it to your pets now and create good karma for tomorrow.
Sound advice, assuming this isn't some elaborate ploy by dogs who somehow managed to hack the Internet.