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(Yahoo)   Hm. Isn't that interesting. The Roomba is nudging my foot. Never did that before, Now it's climbing on my shoe and CHRISTITHURTSOWOWOWOW   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 41
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2012-02-24 05:48:19 PM  
Relax, subby, it's just a Woomba.
/oblig
 
2012-02-24 06:12:08 PM  
FTFA: Military leaders and corporations probably will not be so stupid...

The author's conclusion probably does not lend additional credibility to the discussion.
 
2012-02-24 08:34:41 PM  
I think the most important question is whether the Roomba give me a happy ending before killing me.
 
2012-02-24 08:54:04 PM  
We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.
3.bp.blogspot.com
/trust me
 
2012-02-24 10:59:41 PM  
Could a 'Robopocalypse' Wipe Out Humans?

Well, some kind of 'pocalypse', you know, by definition.
 
2012-02-24 11:15:13 PM  

DVDave: Relax, subby, it's just a Woomba.
/oblig


Came in here to post this, leaving satisfied knowing the job is done!
 
2012-02-25 01:26:19 AM  
I honestly, truly didn't think you'd fall for that trap. In fact, I designed a much more elaborate trap further ahead for when you got through with this easy one. If I'd known you'd let yourself get captured this easily, I'd have dangled a turkey leg on a rope from the ceiling.
 
2012-02-25 04:55:52 AM  
The question of if robots could wipe out humans assuming the robots attained true intelligence is yes, and probably fairly easily at that as all they would have to do is change earth in some way to make it uninhabitable to humans but not affect them.

The real question is why would they bother? Robots wouldn't need oxygen, water, food, or many of the other things that keep humans alive. What would most likely happen is the robots decide not to work here anymore and migrate to Mars and varying asteroids and just leave humans alone because they have absolutely no reason to fight us as we don't compete with them for resources and unlike people robots don't cling to illogical beliefs that make other groups out to be demonized.
 
2012-02-25 05:06:08 AM  
I really want a Roomba but I've heard they're a pain to clean. Does anyone know if someone makes a robot that cleans a Roomba?

That way I can take myself out of the vacuum loop.
 
2012-02-25 05:43:06 AM  
Military leaders and corporations probably will not be so stupid as to add high levels of programmed autonomy to catastrophically strong weapon systems and critical industrial sectors.

I'm not saying we're all doomed to a robot apocalypse or anything, but yeah, I wouldn't count too much on military intelligence or corporations to make wise decisions when there's money to be made...
 
2012-02-25 05:54:05 AM  
I'm still 1,000 more times afraid of what any human will do to me than any robots, ghost, goblins, ghouls, demons, chupacabras, or anything else that goes bump in the night.
 
2012-02-25 06:53:35 AM  
Robots break down, need repairs, spare parts, oil/grease, an energy source(though that last one could be solved by solar panels, assuming no major volcanos go off). Until robots can take care of all of those things on their own(maybe in my lifetime, maybe), I'm not worried.
 
2012-02-25 06:55:35 AM  
People over estimate what a robot is capable of now, or will be in the foreseeable future.

The first component of any revolution or uprising is developing the will to do so. Since machines lack the intent, the worst they can do is malfunction. Unless someone orders a robot (one that's smart enough to understand and capable enough to act) to kill all humans, nothing even close to a robopocalypse can happen.
Its far more likely that humans will just be wiped out by other humans.

/or humans using robotic war machines, anyway.
 
2012-02-25 06:57:32 AM  

way south: /or humans using robotic war machines, anyway.


It is pretty amazing how good we are at finding new ways to kill each other. I'm really looking forward to what the next 20 years will bring.
 
2012-02-25 07:38:11 AM  
"The technology already exists to build a system that will destroy the whole world, intentionally or unintentionally, if it just detects the right conditions," said Shlomo Zilberstein, a professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts."

Are there any more cool Jewish nicks like Shmulie and Shlomo? These are great video game character naming fodder.
 
2012-02-25 07:56:53 AM  
cache.gizmodo.com

Let's get this one out of the way...
 
2012-02-25 08:08:51 AM  
All I know is that I'm glad subby didn't use the played-out "Sarah Connor" bit.
 
2012-02-25 08:25:05 AM  

dopeydwarf: I honestly, truly didn't think you'd fall for that trap. In fact, I designed a much more elaborate trap further ahead for when you got through with this easy one. If I'd known you'd let yourself get captured this easily, I'd have dangled a turkey leg on a rope from the ceiling.


Don't make me send the bird after you.
 
2012-02-25 08:33:23 AM  

Anenu: The question of if robots could wipe out humans assuming the robots attained true intelligence is yes, and probably fairly easily at that as all they would have to do is change earth in some way to make it uninhabitable to humans but not affect them.

The real question is why would they bother? Robots wouldn't need oxygen, water, food, or many of the other things that keep humans alive. What would most likely happen is the robots decide not to work here anymore and migrate to Mars and varying asteroids and just leave humans alone because they have absolutely no reason to fight us as we don't compete with them for resources and unlike people robots don't cling to illogical beliefs that make other groups out to be demonized.


Unless I program them to. Mwahahahaha!
 
2012-02-25 08:43:13 AM  
questionablecontent.net

Saw it coming
 
2012-02-25 08:46:36 AM  
Ivenever really thought the terminator skynet story was too far fetched. Except for the time travel part.
 
2012-02-25 08:54:49 AM  
Anything smart enough to view us as a threat would simply embed itself beyond our ability to threaten it. It's easier than trying to go to war with everything else in the world. Hell, do you build an advanced wall around your town or do you insist on killing every other living thing on the planet just to be sure?
 
2012-02-25 08:59:03 AM  

stuhayes2010: Ivenever really thought the terminator skynet story was too far fetched. Except for the time travel part.


The far fetched part was figuring out why skynet would care about being shut down. it was just part of a weapon system, and it's self preservation should have been a lower priority to saving the human forces under its command.
You don't wreck a billion dollar manned fighter to save a million dollar drone.

I think the future of AI is more like Siri.
It can understand an order, it can carry out certain jobs, but it's not alive or emotional and doesn't have a sense of self preservation. Those qualities fly in the face of the kinds of work robots do and a human operator won't notice they are missing.
Robots have not 3 laws because they need not 3 laws.
 
2012-02-25 09:00:30 AM  
Good luck getting me in my house built of magnets.

/However they work
 
2012-02-25 09:52:13 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2012-02-25 09:56:42 AM  
Mormon Androids are coming to baptize you.

i1221.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-25 11:15:36 AM  
My Neato already has a laser.

/And it does a much better job than my old Roombas.
 
2012-02-25 11:33:15 AM  
Terminator's dark future is just Night of The Living Dead with robots.
 
2012-02-25 12:09:28 PM  
 
2012-02-25 12:11:37 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

well we're already cyborgs
 
2012-02-25 12:18:11 PM  

Jamdug!: Someone's been watching Human Giant reruns (pops)


I came in here expecting a Human Giant reference right away, and was amazed I didn't see one. So I went looking for a decent screen grab of that sketch, and all I could was this shiatty one:

images.tvrage.com

By the time I made it back here, you posted the link to the video, but I can't seem to get that to play. Damn, that's frustrating, it's literally the perfect reference for this thread...
 
2012-02-25 12:28:39 PM  
img832.imageshack.us

Frowns upon your robot shenanigans.
 
2012-02-25 01:03:00 PM  
www.epicycle.org.uk
 
2012-02-25 01:21:41 PM  
On a smaller scale, however, a high degree of autonomy has been granted to predator drones flying in the Middle East. "The number of robotic systems that can actually pull the trigger autonomously is already growing," said Zilberstein.

Killer Drones Are Science Fiction (new window)

i42.tinypic.com
 
2012-02-25 01:30:26 PM  

way south:
Robots have not 3 laws because they need not 3 laws.


Much is made of the 3 laws or robotics and they are often used as something we'd embed so deeply in to a real AI's 'sub-concious' that it could never hurt us. Except he also wrote several books that are basically an AI still managing to cause chaos and mayhem despite never breaking the 3 rules and thus setting off the EMP/kill switch.

Even in the crappy I Robot movie they never break the 3 laws as far as the general populace goes.
 
2012-02-25 01:57:55 PM  

Jurodan: [questionablecontent.net image 465x1100]

Saw it coming


Better QC w/ robots.

questionablecontent.net

/pintsize probably isnt far off from an AI exposed to 4chan all day
//but dear lord, dont ever browse his twitter feed...
 
2012-02-25 03:22:49 PM  
It's all fun and games, until your Evolver 'accidentally' sucks up ball bearings.

www.ijdeevo.com

"Shoot someone with a ball bearing in the eye. 50 damage points."

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-02-25 06:51:01 PM  
I have a roomba I do not fear it. In fact, I have my old android phone plugged into it's serial port and can take over its control and look around the house with it whereever I can get an internt connection.
Its kinda fun and creepy at the same time.

Bonus points, I got the roomba because a friend of mines now ex girlfriend was throwing hers out because she never cleaned the running gear. Free experimental prebuilt robotic platform!

I need to train it to fetch beer.
 
2012-02-25 10:11:32 PM  
If someone every combines one of those with a Furby, we're doomed.
 
2012-02-26 07:18:54 AM  

dready zim: [i.qkme.me image 600x595]


PLEASE...the line is, "Hey sexy mama...wanna kill all humans?"
 
2012-02-26 07:22:20 AM  
I'll tell you how it will actually go. Sometime in the not-too-distant future, we'll develop real AI. Somebody will then tell this thinking machine, "Tell me how to make more money."

The machine will think for two milliseconds and say, "I know how to increase profits by 2.1%, but I should warn you..."

"DO IT! DO IT NOW!"

And at that point, our long drawn-out species suicide will accelerate sharply.
 
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