I don’t mean that in the same way as “do doctors watch ER” or “do lawyers watch The Practice” or “do Crime Scene Investigators watch CSI?”
I mean it in the sense of “do scientists know that they are playing into the robots’ hands?”
If they watched movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Matrix or The Terminator or any other movie like them, they would know that creating Artificial Intelligence will ultimately cause the near-downfall of humanity, to be saved only by a special few who can fight the machines.
Clearly, they don’t. Because if they did, they wouldn’t be doing things like this:
“[NASA] Engineers are looking at artificial intelligence, developing a craft that could think for itself and execute commands without waiting for mission control.”
Oh, you mean, “[NASA] Engineers are looking at artificial intelligence, developing a craft that could think for itself and ultimately take control of the world’s nuclear arsenal, kill billions of people at once, enslave humanity and take over the world.”
Sure, they could claim that this isn’t HAL (and they do claim that). But seriously, the scientists at SkyNet had no idea what they were doing either. Yet, we have the benefit of foresight: we know what the future holds. We’ve seen it. Thanks to visionaries like Stanley Kubrick and James Cameron. And still we ignore it.