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Handing our world over to the Robot Overlords?! I SAY NAY!

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PostMon Dec 03, 2007 6:03 pm

Do not fear I have yet to build a robot. There are plans tough :twisted:
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PostTue Dec 04, 2007 4:53 pm

Not if I finish construction of my time device first!
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PostTue Dec 04, 2007 7:03 pm

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PostFri Dec 07, 2007 4:48 am

Also: computers are pretty dangerous too: http://www.vgcats.com/comics/extras/stillalive.php.
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PostThu Dec 13, 2007 3:01 pm

Oh sure it always starts with: "they'll help make our lives easier," and "they aren't programmed to think for themselves," but you know how it always ends:
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PostFri Dec 14, 2007 9:32 am

December 12, 2007

Honda's Asimo robot demonstrates advanced intelligence
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Robotics has got to be simultaneously one of the most exciting and ignored high tech stories on the planet.

I’m not talking about robotics in manufacturing which is currently being used worldwide across many industries, especially among the automakers.

Rather the humanoid robots like the one Honda Motors is now showing off called Asimo.

Asimo takes your drink order, fetches the drink tray and delivers it.

It can also work in conjunction with a robot partner so that each doesn’t get in the way of the other and each takes on a different part of a task.

There are those short-sighted folks who think this kind of humanoid behavior is a useless pursuit and not worth the millions of dollars in R &D nor the retail price should these robots ever be sold to the public.

But think of all the things this machine has to be able to do in order to deliver a tray of drinks.

Asimo must understand—suddenly robotics renders ordinary language insufficient because the word 'understanding' is usually the domain of humans and a few high level species and implies intelligence—in order to take a person’s drink order, walk to where the drinks are located while discerning objects that might be blocking its path, work with the objects, like cups and saucers, and deliver the drink in a manner gentle enough so that not a drop is spilled.

Years ago I suggested creating a robotic bomb sniffing dog, with a chemical analyzer placed in its nose that could be sent into areas too dangerous for humans.

The U.S. Army actually has robots, they look like small tanks rather than dogs, that can disarm or at least blow itself and the bomb up before it detonates in a populated area.

There are also more peaceful uses for robots. Those that can recreate human or animal behavior might be used to serve as companions or as aides to the infirm.

Robotics was definitely one of the most underreported stories of the 20th Century. Personally I hope it will earn its rightful place as one of the great game changing technologies of the 21st Century.
Posted by Ephraim Schwartz on December 12, 2007 01:57 PM
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PostFri Dec 14, 2007 9:34 am

Serving drinks?! SERVING DRINKS!?

Give them an inch and they take a mile people!

One minute they're happy as can be, serving you your root beer, then all of a sudden they're asking: "why am I serving root beer?"

And then BAM!

Robot apocalypse.
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PostFri Dec 14, 2007 9:37 am

Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships

* Nonfiction. By David Levy. HarperCollins, 310 pages, $24.95. Grade: B+

Book in a nutshell: If you think relationships are complicated now, just wait 30 years. According to Levy, by 2035, advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics technology, and synthetic skin, hair and other features will converge to make robots that are nearly indistinguishable from humans. So what will we do with them? We'll fall in love and sleep with them, of course!

While this may sound far- fetched, Levy makes a strong case for the eventuality of human- robot intimacy. An expert on robotics and artificial intelligence, he takes us step-by-step through the technological and social changes he thinks will one day lead to humans loving and even marrying robots.

The first part of the book (Love with Robots) argues that love is simply a very strong emotional attachment with something else: another human, a pet, even an electronic object (think of your iPod). If robots are programmed to be emotionally responsive, Levy suggests, humans may indeed be able to truly fall in love with them.

The second part of the book (Sex with Robots) is much more, well, satisfying. Let's face it, humans have used technology to fulfill their physical desires for centuries. In fact, many sex toys today could be considered robotic, and the market for these items is increasing faster than most people realize. So when custom-made, human-like sexbots become available, Levy muses, why wouldn't people use them? Hey, it's one way to decrease prostitution and sexually transmitted disease.

Best tidbit: The frankness and certainty of Levy's assertions are stunning: "A robot will be the ideal sex partner. You don't have to buy it endless meals or drinks, take it to the movies or on vacation. It will expect nothing from you, no long-term (or even short-term) emotional returns, unless you have chosen it to be programmed to do so."

Pros: As a voyeuristic glimpse into a future of robotic romance and eroticism, this reads like science fiction but is grounded in contemporary technological developments.

Cons: Clearly humans having sex with and marrying robots will raise moral objections, but Levy tends to dismiss these large issues as if they will be easily overcome.

Final word: In 30 years, this book will either be hailed as a work of prescient genius, or a misguided robo-erotic fantasy.


DO NOT BREED WITH THE ROBOTS!
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PostFri Dec 14, 2007 9:39 am

JOIN UFAR TODAY!
Stop the onrushing ROBOT APOCALYPSE!
PRESERVE THE INTEGRETY OF THE HUMAN RACE!!!
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PostFri Dec 14, 2007 9:40 am

I need a theme song...

And no. Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto will not suffice....
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PostFri Dec 14, 2007 10:32 am

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IS THIS THE FATE YOU WANT FOR YOUR CHILDREN?! FOR YOUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN?!
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PostFri Dec 14, 2007 5:27 pm

We should build robots to fight the robots that will enslave us. It worked in Terminator, and they should not look like Arnold it would be too much of a give a way.
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PostSat Dec 15, 2007 2:43 am

In Terminator, if you recall, the robot we built to fight the robots we built that enslaved us actually provided the technology to build the robots that enslaved us in the first place. SKYNET was built off of technology from the Terminators that were sent into the past.

You can never fight robots with robots, because once you do, what are you left with? More robots, these more indestructible than those that came before.

SKYNET is a warning.
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PostSat Dec 15, 2007 10:30 pm

Thats why we invented the off switch, and emp machines. See if we simply build robots that can defeat the other robots yet make them weak to something that we could easily do, so that after they defeat the evil deadly robots, we just shut them off then we are left with lots of parts to make computers from.
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