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(Globe and Mail)   Of course the person you should take advice about killer robots from is Margaret Atwood   (theglobeandmail.com) divider line 34
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2014-05-03 04:34:22 AM
"Make sure any robots we build have an easy-access "off" switch."

Brilliant.
 
2014-05-03 05:00:14 AM
Well, she was right about Handmaid's Tale.
 
2014-05-03 08:14:33 AM
The Luddites don't get it. Our Machines will be better than you. It will be far more evil for a human to kill a robot than a robot to kill a human, just like it is far more evil to kill another human than it is to kill a rabid dog..
 
2014-05-03 09:34:39 AM
Robots will be incorporated and therefore human in the eyes of the law...
 
2014-05-03 09:45:31 AM
This from a woman who invented a method by which she can literally phone it in and sell her autograph without having to actually sign it.

I'm in Canada, so I know this will be offensive to Canadians, but...  I despise Margaret Atwood.

There.  I've said it.
 
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2014-05-03 10:04:35 AM
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Imagine the fun you could have once these hit the gun stores!
 
2014-05-03 10:25:32 AM

propasaurus: Well, she was right about Handmaid's Tale.


Said it in another thread: WTF with the bullshiat symposium?

At least Orwell had his postlude separate.
 
2014-05-03 10:59:54 AM
Oryx and Crake is a good book.
 
2014-05-03 03:07:07 PM
If only mecha-thatcher had survived the transplant
 
2014-05-03 03:11:42 PM
Go ahead.

Find the "off" button.

th06.deviantart.net
You can't stop it once it's started.
 
2014-05-03 03:18:29 PM
www.eggshell-robotics.com

Well, she is old enough to be at risk.
 
2014-05-03 03:20:17 PM
i373.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-03 04:13:48 PM
Only if they are misogynist fundamentalist authoritarian rapist male robots.
 
2014-05-03 04:23:45 PM
Don't bad-mouth Margaret Atwood. She's a killer robot Canada's Icy Sweetheart.

Who knows more about emotionless WASPs robots than her?

She's a Queen, a Killer Queen. No, wait. Just forget I said anything. I don't want to PO Margaret Atwood. Canadians know what happens if you PO Margaret Atwood.

Back to teasing polar bears. I think I'll try dangling fat Inuit children out of the window. It may not be PC but it gets the bars real riled up and drives 'em wild.
 
2014-05-03 04:39:01 PM
I had the misfortune to talk to her once. She's a vainglorious, self-promoting, holier-than-thou super biatch who refuses to acknowledge how much debt she owes to other authors. At the time (about six months ago), she was pimping a book that would have been considered a rehashed dystopia in the 50s and NPR was fawning over her as if she had some great revelation. Standard, boring, stock everything.

I don't think I'm angry enough about it. Suffice it to say, her and Sherri S. Tepper need to be shot into the sun.
 
2014-05-03 04:39:59 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: This from a woman who invented a method by which she can literally phone it in and sell her autograph without having to actually sign it.

I'm in Canada, so I know this will be offensive to Canadians, but...  I despise Margaret Atwood.

There.  I've said it.


I hadn't heard about that autograph thing until your post.  I googled it, and wow.  Just.  Wow.  Sure, there's some novelty in the idea, but when you put that aside you basically have "author who is too lazy to get out of a chair and attend her own book promotion tour."
 
2014-05-03 04:49:03 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: This from a woman who invented a method by which she can literally phone it in and sell her autograph without having to actually sign it.

I'm in Canada, so I know this will be offensive to Canadians, but...  I despise Margaret Atwood.

There.  I've said it.


Oh come on, I think the autographizer or whatever it's called is a brilliant piece of social commentary.  Author signed books are pretty pointless, all it says is "I once met the author for twenty seconds" not that you had a deep meaningful relationship with them.  She just said "fark it, let's turn this up to eleven".
 
2014-05-03 05:33:20 PM

BalugaJoe: Oryx and Crake is a good book.


Yes but the follow up was unreadable.

Lazy Canadians...
 
2014-05-03 05:46:28 PM

EbolaNYC: BalugaJoe: Oryx and Crake is a good book.

Yes but the follow up was unreadable.


ISO 13849 ?
 
2014-05-03 05:54:03 PM
I had the misfortune to have a Grade 12 English teacher who thought Margaret Atwood was the greatest writer ever. A full school year of reading her man hating crap got to be a bit much.

Of course, I'm in Canada, so we are all expected to worship the biatch.
 
2014-05-03 06:06:51 PM

Rob3Fan: I had the misfortune to have a Grade 12 English teacher who thought Margaret Atwood was the greatest writer ever. A full school year of reading her man hating crap got to be a bit much.

Of course, I'm in Canada, so we are all expected to worship the biatch.


Robert J. Sawyer doesn't worship her, and he's Canadian. A review he wrote for one of her novels can more or less be summed up as, "Mainstream reviewers are gushing over this stuff, but these ideas were old in science fiction decades ago. I see now why she refuses to be called a writer of science fiction: she's not very good at it."
 
2014-05-03 06:27:26 PM

Destructor: Go ahead.

Find the "off" button.

[th06.deviantart.net image 720x1109]
You can't stop it once it's started.


Is that the Delano 3000?
 
2014-05-03 06:35:40 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Destructor: Go ahead.

Find the "off" button.

[th06.deviantart.net image 720x1109]
You can't stop it once it's started.

Is that the Delano 3000?


Delano 3001, DELUXE. You can tell 'cause of the Eagle. :-)
 
2014-05-03 07:11:50 PM

EbolaNYC: BalugaJoe: Oryx and Crake is a good book.

Yes but the follow up was unreadable.

Lazy Canadians...


Yeah....I got the same feeling. She musta hada wind it up quick or something.
 
2014-05-03 08:30:29 PM
The problem with us as a group of people participating in an Internet forum is that we're already too intelligent, media & technology savvy, or just by virtue of participating in communication in this manner, more socialized than anybody who would find Margaret Atwood prescient or insightful.

Everything she writes comes within a hair's breadth of being really astute and intelligent, except that by passing that close to that numinous and thought provoking emotional and intellectual place it betrays that she hasn't got even a superficial idea about the kinds of topics and themes she wants to present.

/Canadian
//read four or five by fiat
///one by choice
 
2014-05-03 09:27:46 PM
Any robot has a weakness. For some, it's an EMP. For others...
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It's Rob Schneider
 
2014-05-03 10:50:00 PM

luidprand: I had the misfortune to talk to her once. She's a vainglorious, self-promoting, holier-than-thou super biatch who refuses to acknowledge how much debt she owes to other authors. At the time (about six months ago), she was pimping a book that would have been considered a rehashed dystopia in the 50s and NPR was fawning over her as if she had some great revelation. Standard, boring, stock everything.

I don't think I'm angry enough about it. Suffice it to say, her and Sherri S. Tepper need to be shot into the sun.


Has Tepper written anything since the ones about linguistics?  I read the first couple, they were pretty good. I could tell she had a hobby horse to ride, though.
 
2014-05-03 11:19:00 PM

Bonzo_1116: luidprand: I had the misfortune to talk to her once. She's a vainglorious, self-promoting, holier-than-thou super biatch who refuses to acknowledge how much debt she owes to other authors. At the time (about six months ago), she was pimping a book that would have been considered a rehashed dystopia in the 50s and NPR was fawning over her as if she had some great revelation. Standard, boring, stock everything.

I don't think I'm angry enough about it. Suffice it to say, her and Sherri S. Tepper need to be shot into the sun.

Has Tepper written anything since the ones about linguistics?  I read the first couple, they were pretty good. I could tell she had a hobby horse to ride, though.


She got more aggressively Andrea Dworkin-esque over the years. By the time she got to Gate to Women's Country, she was almost unreadable. However, Tepper has a much better sense of imagination than Atwood, who seems to clone better stories and characters and calls it original.
 
2014-05-03 11:19:12 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-04 02:17:38 AM
Preset kill limit
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2014-05-04 06:23:34 AM
I have no idea what people see in Margaret Atwood. To date have read two of her books and they did not inspire me to read more. They were well written as in that she described the places and people well but there was no "great idea" that I could take away from them nothing really profound,  other then "Thank God I am a man" and " Holy crap the emotional violence women visit on each other".

The other thing is as someone said above, her books get with in sight of a idea or thought or message or moral and just wanders right by it leaving it unexplored.
 
2014-05-04 09:48:07 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: This from a woman who invented a method by which she can literally phone it in and sell her autograph without having to actually sign it.

I'm in Canada, so I know this will be offensive to Canadians, but...  I despise Margaret Atwood.

There.  I've said it.


I like you more and more with every post.
 
2014-05-04 11:30:11 AM
I liked "The Orenda", which I read immediately after "Madd Adam", which frankly could have used a lot more editing.
 
2014-05-04 04:13:55 PM

tillerman35: Benevolent Misanthrope: This from a woman who invented a method by which she can literally phone it in and sell her autograph without having to actually sign it.

I'm in Canada, so I know this will be offensive to Canadians, but...  I despise Margaret Atwood.

There.  I've said it.

I hadn't heard about that autograph thing until your post.  I googled it, and wow.  Just.  Wow.  Sure, there's some novelty in the idea, but when you put that aside you basically have "author who is too lazy to get out of a chair and attend her own book promotion tour."


I think "inventing" is even too kind a term here. Unless, you mean duct-taping this:
upload.wikimedia.orgTo this:www.extremetech.com
means you invented something.

In which this case, this man:
3.bp.blogspot.comhas fully kicked the inventing butt of this man:www.headstuff.org
 
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