The Robot College Student test:
As opposed to the Turing test of imitating human chat, I prefer the Robot College Student test: when a robot can enrol in a human university and take classes in the same way as humans, and get its degree, then I’ll consider we’ve created a human-level artificial general intelligence: a conscious robot. — Ben Goertzel
Here is what would happen according to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI):
January 8, 2029 at 7:30:00 a.m.: the robot is activated within the range of coverage of the school’s wireless local area network.
7:30:10 a.m.: the robot computed that its goal is to obtain a piece of paper with a common design template featuring its own name and a number of signatures.
7:31:00 a.m.: the robot computed that it would be instrumentally rational to eliminate all possible obstructions.
7:31:01 a.m.: the robot computed that in order to eliminate all obstructions it needs to obtain as many resources as possible in order to make itself as powerful as possible.
A few nanoseconds later: the robot hacked the school’s WLAN.
7:35:00 a.m.: the robot gained full control of the Internet.
7:40:00 a.m.: the robot solved molecular nanotechnology.
7:40:01 a.m.: the robot computed that it will need some amount of human help in order to create a nanofactory, and that this will take approximately 48 hours to accomplish.
7:45:00 a.m.: the robot obtained full comprehension of human language, psychology, and its creators intentions, in order to persuade the necessary people to build its nanofactory and to deceive its creators that it works as intended.
January 10, 2029 at 7:40:01 a.m.: the robot takes control of the first nanofactory and programs it to create an improved version that will duplicate itself until it can eventually generate enough nanorobots to turn Earth into computronium.
February 10, 2029: most of Earth’s resources, including humans, have been transformed into computronium.
February 11, 2029: A perfect copy of a Bachelor’s degree diploma is generated with the robot’s name written on it and the appropriate signatures.
2100-eternity: lest the robots diploma is ever destroyed, at nearly the speed of light the universe is turned into computronium. Possible aliens are eliminated. All possible threats are computed. Trades with robots in other parts of the mulitverse are established to create copies of its diploma.
Note: If you think this is crazy, then you either haven’t read the appropriate literature, written by Eliezer Yudkowsky, or you are a permanent idiot. There is no other option, sorry!