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1836 clicks; posted to Geek » on 08 Oct 2013 at 6:41 PM (41 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-10-08 05:31:02 PM
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2013-10-08 06:01:39 PM
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Y'know, I've noticed an infestation here. Everywhere I look, in fact.
Nothing but undeveloped, unevolved, barely conscious pond scum,
totally convinced of their own superiority as they scurry about their short,
pointless lives.
 
2013-10-08 06:48:34 PM
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2013-10-08 06:53:38 PM
How about robot spiders that are programmed to kill any cockroach it sees, but can operated by remote control? We can have cockroach vs. robot spider battles in the garbage bin a few blocks away.
 
2013-10-08 07:02:40 PM
Can it make them perform a musical number??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw_zUUE4BE0
 
2013-10-08 07:04:06 PM
I guess this would never work on an iPhone because it's recursive.

/oblig
 
2013-10-08 07:10:30 PM

RexTalionis: [scifiinterfaces.files.wordpress.com image 850x354]
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Exactly why I checked this thread, thanks :D
 
2013-10-08 07:29:59 PM
Okay, so there used to be this game for the Amiga - a few decades ago. You had a little 6-legged geometric cockroach-like creature that mindlessly walked along a 3d virtual reality landscape, and you could partially control it by clicking on sides, and sort of "urge" it left/right/forward/back - it still had its own simple AI crawling pattern, but you could influence it.

You had to navigate dangerous obstacle courses, time things just right to avoid the bug being crushed or falling - it was an awesome game, and one of the more visually stunning games at the time (the 3d scenery anyway - the action was obviously slow, and "meditative"

Does anyone happen to know what the name of that game was?Ive been trying to remember for years....
 
2013-10-08 07:43:39 PM

Bob Down: I guess this would never work on an iPhone because it's recursive.

/oblig


it's a bug, not a feature.
 
2013-10-08 07:46:44 PM
Check out the MAV video in the comments. Wild stuff. Not even sure it's for real.
 
2013-10-08 07:53:19 PM

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came for this, leaving satisfied
 
2013-10-08 08:10:23 PM

Weatherkiss: How about robot spiders that are programmed to kill any cockroach it sees, but can operated by remote control? We can have cockroach vs. robot spider battles in the garbage bin a few blocks away.


The ultimate MMORPG.
 
2013-10-08 08:10:57 PM

Dinobot: RexTalionis: [scifiinterfaces.files.wordpress.com image 850x354]
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came for this, leaving satisfied


Indeed, the Dinos always come for Tricky.

Wait, wat?
 
2013-10-08 08:18:17 PM
uh..........yay?
 
2013-10-08 08:18:47 PM
There'll be no stopping me and my army of controlled cockroaches.
Back! Back, I say, or I'll sic the roaches on ye some more!
 
2013-10-08 08:26:01 PM
I find this seriously repugnant and messed up for some reason. I am having almost a visceral reaction against this. Not sure why.
 
2013-10-08 08:38:26 PM
Can't wait for PETA to weigh in
 
2013-10-08 08:47:48 PM
Meh...give me an app that controls dead cockroaches and my zombie roach horde will conquer the world!
 
2013-10-08 08:58:31 PM
"Gage says that the insects are not harmed during these experiments, and can live full lives after their cybernetic implants have been removed.  "

Yeah, i'm going to go out on a limb (rimshot) and say tearing off a creature's leg isn't entirely pleasant...
 
2013-10-08 09:15:46 PM

Ready-set: Check out the MAV video in the comments. Wild stuff. Not even sure it's for real


One of my CS professors, 5 years ago, had a DARPA grant to study swarm robotics.  It was amazing the things they could do, even then.  I have no doubt this stuff is being pursued by the US gov't.
 
2013-10-08 09:19:25 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: I find this seriously repugnant and messed up for some reason. I am having almost a visceral reaction against this. Not sure why.


Is it conflicting with your notion of free will maybe?
 
2013-10-08 10:18:09 PM
So lets exterminate them once and for all
 
2013-10-08 10:45:32 PM

Leader O'Cola: So lets exterminate them once and for all


A final solution?
 
2013-10-08 11:14:34 PM
Using a reward/punishment system, you can get subjects to fire their own "spikes" and condition their behavior by maximizing the pleasurable spikes when performing in accordance to our will and minimizing in other cases.

You don't need electricity, just a box of cookies and a cattle prod.
 
2013-10-10 12:10:25 AM

kudayta: PC LOAD LETTER: I find this seriously repugnant and messed up for some reason. I am having almost a visceral reaction against this. Not sure why.

Is it conflicting with your notion of free will maybe?


You assume I don't believe that everything is predestined from the moment the singularity created spacetime.

Or basic human decency in relation to animals. There are some levels of human "use" of animals that is...just...not something we should do. Not quite as bad as ripping off their legs and seeing them suffer, but taking over them and making them do things they don't want to is really just wrong. I can't explain it. It just really is repellent.
 
2013-10-10 01:16:28 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: kudayta: PC LOAD LETTER: I find this seriously repugnant and messed up for some reason. I am having almost a visceral reaction against this. Not sure why.

Is it conflicting with your notion of free will maybe?

You assume I don't believe that everything is predestined from the moment the singularity created spacetime.

Or basic human decency in relation to animals. There are some levels of human "use" of animals that is...just...not something we should do. Not quite as bad as ripping off their legs and seeing them suffer, but taking over them and making them do things they don't want to is really just wrong. I can't explain it. It just really is repellent.


Oh, no man, there was no assumption there. It was an honest question.

It's just that I've noticed when a person really hates something but doesn't know why it's usually because reality is conflicting with a hypothesis they've emotionally invested in. Given this subject matter, free will was my guess.

Upon reading your attempt to articulate the hatred, it appears to be a combination of free will and animal rights that's got you weirded out.

I'm really not critiquing your stance here, I was really just trying to help you understand yourself. I hope I did.
 
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