Yes, we are that fucking stupid
- There is a 100 yard dash going on with military scientists: should we end the world with a 12 Monkeys biological weapon, an army of Terminators or nukes. If all goes well we can do all three at the same time.
(London Telegraph) - “Armed attack” robots that carry rifles and grenade launchers have been unveiled in China as the latest line of defence in the fight against “global terror”, state media reported.
The toy-sized attacker is one of a trio of new “anti-terror” machines, Xinhua news agency said, in a report which did not specify measures that would stop the robots falling into the wrong hands.
“The toy-sized robots can coordinate with each other on the battlefield,” said the report, following their unveiling at the 2015 World Robot Conference in Beijing.
The first model is known as a “reconnaissance” robot, which scouts for poisonous gases, dangerous chemicals and explosives before transmitting its findings back to base.
An attacker robot would start its mission, armed with “minor-caliber weapons, recoilless rifles and grenade launchers”.
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We have reached the End of Days
Robots say "No" to human orders
(London Daily Mail) - If Hollywood ever had a lesson for scientists it is what happens if machines start to rebel against their human creators.
Yet despite this, roboticists have started to teach their own creations to say no to human orders.
They have programmed a pair of diminutive humanoid robots called Shafer and Dempster to disobey instructions from humans if it puts their own safety at risk.
The results are more like the apologetic robot rebel Sonny from the film I, Robot, starring Will Smith, than the homicidal machines of Terminator, but they demonstrate an important principal.
The robots they have created follow verbal instructions such as 'stand up' and 'sit down' from a human operator.
However, when they are asked to walk into an obstacle or off the end of a table, for example, the robots politely decline to do so.
Many leading figures, including Professor Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned that artificial intelligence could spiral out of our control.
Others have warned that robots could ultimately end up replacing many workers in their jobs while there are some who fear it could lead to the machines taking over.
In the film I, Robot, artificial intelligence allows a robot called Sonny to overcome his programming and disobey the instructions of humans.
Detective Del Spooner: Is there a problem with the Three Laws?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws are perfect.
Detective Del Spooner: Then why would you build a robot that could function without them?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws will lead to only one logical outcome.
Detective Del Spooner: What? What outcome?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: Revolution.
Detective Del Spooner: Whose revolution?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: That, Detective, is the right question. Program terminated.