A question about nano-tech. The materials science has been a favorite for popular media to put forward whenever they need magic, but we keep hearing stories about Microsoft, Google and others making computer chips on that level, and 3 years ago, the "father of nanotechnology" Dr Drexler, said he was only a few years away from squishing a factory into a backpack. Do we know anything more about that? Because I can't find anything recent.
Women keep asking for them because they want housemaids and baby sitters they a) don't have to pay regularly and b) don't need to vet beforehand. But funny enough it appears as though sex dolls are going to make the first commercial androids rather than domestic or military companies. Dolls with increasing amounts of cybernetics (and corresponding prices) have been coming out and making enough money that robotics companies have been taking notice.
This is regularly pushed, but I've never particularly understood it myself. Every time an advancement is made in AI, the engineers working on them come out with another speech or presentation about how much more difficult it appears to be to teach an AI how to abstract anything. For AI or ASI to turn on us, they'd have to either see us as being in the way of their programmed tasks AND not be programmed to leave us be. For it to abandon us it'd need a reason to leave. Independent motivations are massive abstractions that it seems increasingly likely they simply won't understand.
The same goes for the iterative ASI concept. Ok, so you told your AI to make a better version of itself. But did you tell the AI to include it's current orders in the next one? What is it making the next itteration to do? Given the abstraction problem, does it understand the motivation you're asking it to include in the child? The assumption with an AI is that, well, it's intelligent, of course it understands abstractions, and if it does naturally it would form it's own motivations. But even with this massive anthropomorphism, if it thinks like us, what's to say it won't behave as 98% of the population does and chug along blithely with it's first offered purpose, which I'd assume would be encoded in the factory.