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Code of the Future: First Release in New Series

The Mint of Poland is set to launch the first coin in a new series, namely the 2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence 2 oz. High Relief Silver Coin – an uniquely designed high relief silver coin with more than one special future, including a glow in the dark feature made possible by the application of fluorescent ultra violet (UV) coloring. 

Niue Island Code of the Future Series Artificial Intelligence $2 Silver Coin 2016 Reverse

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin - Obverse

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin – Reverse

Code of the Future: New Technologies, Visions and Ideas

This new series, Code of the Future, will focus on new technologies, visions and ideas, especially in terms of state of the art scientific advancements in fields such as robotics when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality and augmented reality.

The first coin in the series will focus on artificial intelligence, or in short AI – the intelligence shown by machines when it comes to performing tasks that require cognitive functions such as “learning” and “problem solving.”

2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence $2 Glow in the Dark Coin: Reverse

The reverse of the low mintage masterpiece features what seems like a humanoid robot in color. It holds a colorized earth in its hand against a backdrop of endless computer code (see images above and below). The contrast between the colorized and non-colorized areas leaves a coin that is very easy on the eye, a coin with exceptional eye appeal.

robotic head

robotic hand

Furthermore, a computer’s motherboard is superimposed on the humanoid’s head, neck and shoulder area – this computer design glows in the dark as a result of the UV coloring applied. The “glow in the dark” effect can best be observed by holding the coin under a light source for about 30 seconds and then exposing it to complete darkness. 

Artificial Intelligence AI Code of the Future 2 oz. Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016: Obverse

The obverse of this coin features an effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, sculpted by famous British sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley (IRB). The reduce-sized effigy can be seen on the lower part of the obverse to your left. It is depicted against a backdrop that includes a futuristic scene that seems to include an assembly line of humanoid robots and advanced means of air transport (see images below). 

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin - Obverse 1

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin Obverse

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin – Obverse

Inscriptions on this side of the coin include: “CODE OF THE FUTURE” (along with a string of code), “ELIZABETH II,” “NIUE 2016,” “2 DOLLARS” and the initials IRB –  in reference to Ian Rank-Broadley, the sculptor mentioned above.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Humanoid Robots and More

The ultimate aim of most AI-related robotics projects has not being achieved yet, namely the achievement of something that is termed: Full Artificial Intelligence (full AI). In essence, it is about the development of fully autonomous robots (robots with full AI). However, it seems to be only a matter of time before it will be achieved, especially considering the billions of dollars that are being invested in various AI-related projects around the globe.

iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Artificial Intelligence (AI) counts among the most exciting and interesting fields in robotics – and perhaps it should be added: controversial fields. It is one thing to build a robot that can work in an assembly line. It is an entirely different matter to build a human like robot that can act, learn and think like a human – a highly sophisticated and intelligent robot with AI.

Now it must be said that not all robots require AI. E.g. robotic vacuum cleaners are automatons (see image above). Automatons are robots that come with pre-programmed logic that enable it to clean while at the same time navigating obstacles. On the other hand, robots with semi to full AI are capable of “learning” for one (see the images below).

Companies such as Boston Dynamics and Hanson Robotics have made great progress, especially in terms of the development of humanoid robots – robots that in essence look, act, learn and think like humans.

Here are examples of a few that look extremely realistic and human like – such humanoid robots are called androids

Jules Built by Hanson Robotics

Jules Robot

Source of Image: Hanson Robotics

Jia Jia Built by the University of Science and Technology of China

Jia Jia Robot

Source of Image: South China Morning Post

Nadine Built by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Nadine robot

Source of Image: The Atlantic

According to Wikipedia a “…humanoid robot is a robot with its body shape built to resemble that of the human body. A humanoid design might be for functional purposes, such as interacting with human tools and environments, for experimental purposes, such as the study of bipedal locomotion, or for other purposes. In general, humanoid robots have a torso, a head, two arms, and two legs, though some forms of humanoid robots may model only part of the body, for example, from the waist up. Some humanoid robots also have heads designed to replicate human facial features such as eyes and mouths. Androids are humanoid robots built to aesthetically resemble humans.

Other humanoid robots look a lot less human, but is still classified as humanoid robots. Here are examples of a couple, including DRC-HUBO that won the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in California last year (2015):

DRC-HUBO Built by Team KAIST, South Korea


Source of Image: I4U News

Atlas Built by Boston Dynamics

Atlas Robot

Source of Image: Fox News

Then of course there are other types of robots with limited to no AI that don’t resemble humans at all:

KUKA KR AGILUS – Fastest Robot on Earth


Source of Image: MailOnline

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) really that important? Does it have a future at all? Is full AI even possible? Is it dangerous?

There are probably a 101 questions similar to the above that one could ask when it comes to AI, especially when it comes to the development of fully autonomous robots. We’re at this stage left with more questions than answers, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that AI is already playing a major part in our lives today. Let me explain…

Business magnate, engineer and inventor – Elon Musk – is of the opinion that there is just a “one in billions” chance that the human race is not living in a computer simulation (see the video below):

Is life a video game? – Elon Musk – Code Conference 2016

His point of view certainly has merit, especially when one considers that a large part of our lives are being conducted in an artificial world – a world powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and extremely smart computers as depicted in The Matrix (see below).

We might easily get to a point – as computer simulations get better and better – where it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate between the real world and that which is merely a simulation. To demonstrate how easily the mind can be fooled…

Virtual Barber Shop (Audio – Use Headphones, Close Your Eyes)

The successful development of fully autonomous robots (full AI robots) in the months and years to come is certainly a possibility that we cannot disregard. More than one narrow AI or semi-autonomous robot have already been developed – mostly for peaceful purposes such as helping to find missing people, for educational purposes and such.

Or to re-phrase: Semi-autonomous robots have been and are being developed under the guise of only wanting to help out humanity. The reality though is that these robots can relatively easily be weaponized and turned into something that kill indiscriminately.

General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

I mean, how long after the advent of drones did it take before they weaponized unmanned air vehicles (UAVs)? Before they started to kill people indiscriminately at weddings, while sitting thousand of miles away? This while UAVs were initially only used for peaceful purposes – mainly to observe. 

Elon Musk for one is of the opinion that certain types of AI could threaten our very existence, especially when powerful AI is concentrated in the hands of a few…


To give you an idea of what the world could look like if bad actors get to control powerful AI (or when fully autonomous robots simply take over and turn against us)…

Terminator: Genisys Official Trailer

I, Robot – Official Trailer

Fallout 4 – Launch Trailer

Half Life 3 – Official Trailer

Ex Machina Official Trailer

On the other hand, wide spread and powerful AI, not concentrated within the hands of a few, could serve humanity in a peaceful manner (or at least live in harmony with us)…

Wall-E Official Trailer

RoboCop Official Trailer

A.I. Artificial Intelligence – Official Trailer

Hanson Robotics, the creator of androids such as Jules pictured above, is one of the companies that wishes to see a world where man and machine will work together for a better future. This is why the robots they build are powered by friendly and emphatic, advanced AI software – software that helps to ensure that robots will remain friendly towards people. However, companies such as Boston Dynamics are developing robots for military applications as well. Needless to say, powerful AI of the wrong kind could be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. 

The State of Artificial Intelligence

Why buy the 2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence 2 oz. High Relief Silver Coin?

Reasons not to miss out on the opportunity to buy this impressive 2016 Niue silver coin include, but are not limited to (in no specific order):

First Coin in New Series

This is the first coin in the brand new Code of the Future series by the Mint of Poland. The first coin issued in a series normally tends to do better than other coins issued in a series, especially in instances where the market plays catch up later on to require a low mintage coin.

Antique Finish

The non-colorized areas on this coin comes in a hand applied antique finish, which makes each coin unique in its own right. 

High Relief

Parts of the coin come in high relief, which make certain elements really stand out. See the image below.

2016 Code of the Future Artificial Intelligence 2 oz. Silver Coin – High Relief

Design Work

As can be seen from the image above, a colorized humanoid robot with a computer’s motherboard superimposed on its head, neck and shoulder area is featured on the reverse of this coin. The robot is holding a colorized version of the earth in its hand. This makes for an absolute stunning coin, the best I’ve seen in terms of the subject in hand, namely artificial intelligence (AI). 

50 mm Diameter

The 50 mm diameter of this 2 oz. silver coin leaves ample space for the design to really stand out. This compares well to the 40.6 mm diameter of the American Silver Eagle (ASE) – America’s favorite silver bullion coin. 

Low Mintage – Only 500 Worldwide

The 2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin will see a total worldwide mintage of only 500 coins. Low mintage alone doesn’t determine the likability of a coin in the marketplace. However, low mintage combined with great design, precious metals content and more can be a winning combination, especially when there is great demand for a coin. 

Silver Content

This solid silver coin comes packed with 2 oz. of .999 fine silver. This means that 99.9% of its 62.20 g weight comes packed with silver. Its silver content adds a protective value floor beyond the collector’s value of the coin. This certainly adds to the appeal of an already impressive coin. 

Glow in the Dark

The computer design on the reverse of this coin glows in the dark – fluorescent UV effect. For best results – place it under a light source for 30 seconds prior to holding it in the dark to see how it lights up.

Serial Number

Each coin comes with an unique serial number that can be seen on both the coin and its associated Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).

Presentation and Packaging

This 2 oz. Niue silver coin ships in a luxurious wooden box and a colorful shipper with individually numbered CoA. See images the below.

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin - Colorful Shipper

Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin – Colorful Shipper

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin - Presentation and Packaging

2016 Niue AI Code of the Future coin – Presentation and Packaging

Specs: Niue Island 2016 Artificial Intelligence Code of the Future 2 oz. $2 Silver Coin

2016 ai coin specs

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