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(Mother Nature Network)   If either ants or an artificial intelligence ever wanted to take out the human race, there is probably nothing we could do about it   (mnn.com) divider line 50
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2014-07-22 02:33:22 AM  
Find the short story "Expendable" by Plilip K. Dick.  It addresses this issue in a profoundly paranoid P.K. Dick fashion ;)
 
2014-07-22 02:47:26 AM  
Ants are better at this whole survival game than humans.

Probably because they're female. So when they go to war it's serious business. None of this pansy mercy crap human men like so much.
 
2014-07-22 02:52:14 AM  
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2014-07-22 07:36:15 AM  
As was foretold.


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2014-07-22 07:45:40 AM  
We could pull the power.  Shut it all down.  That would stop them in their tracks.

Right up until we develop self-powered, self-replicating machines.
 
2014-07-22 07:48:14 AM  
If you magically took away everything on earth that wasn't an insect, you'd still have the shape of just about every house and tree. The creepy little things are absolutely everywhere.

I feel itchy now.
 
2014-07-22 07:55:10 AM  
The ants won at my house years ago.
 
2014-07-22 07:57:15 AM  
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2014-07-22 07:59:11 AM  
Thanks Ants.
 
2014-07-22 07:59:16 AM  

Sybarite: As was foretold.


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Thanks, ants.  Thants.
 
2014-07-22 08:01:39 AM  
Over several million years of evolution, modern humans have already outcompeted several primates and other human species, such as Denisovans, hobbitlike creatures dubbed Homo floresiensis, and Neanderthals

Having a bunch of little hobbits running around would have been cool.  We suck.
 
2014-07-22 08:02:01 AM  

SpinStopper: Find the short story "Expendable" by Plilip K. Dick.  It addresses this issue in a profoundly paranoid P.K. Dick fashion ;)


Love that story. Probably my favorite of his early (1952 - 1954) short stories.
 
2014-07-22 08:04:42 AM  

Trance750: [www.thebuzzmedia.com image 300x205]


This

and also this:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/dolphins-evolve-opposable-thumbs,28 4/
 
2014-07-22 08:14:16 AM  
Or worse yet, an artificial intelligence created by ants.
 
2014-07-22 08:16:27 AM  

Muta: Over several million years of evolution, modern humans have already outcompeted several primates and other human species, such as Denisovans, hobbitlike creatures dubbed Homo floresiensis, and Neanderthals

Having a bunch of little hobbits running around would have been cool.  We suck.


No, we don't suck.  We're very, very, *VERY* good at what we do.  That's how we've come to dominate the planet.
 
2014-07-22 08:16:44 AM  
Ants taking out humanity would require a level of coordination not seen above the nest level. It would require inter species cooperation across continents and beyond.
 
2014-07-22 08:17:21 AM  
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Man, I really scorched some ants after seeing that one. Of course, the poster doesn't reflect what actually happened in the movie.
 
2014-07-22 08:18:11 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x335]

Man, I really scorched some ants after seeing that one. Of course, the poster doesn't reflect what actually happened in the movie.


ahhhhhhh! motherfarker I was resizing and uploading an image from that movie!
 
2014-07-22 08:19:02 AM  
What we need are aunteaters.

/uncle
 
2014-07-22 08:19:08 AM  

dittybopper: We could pull the power.  Shut it all down.  That would stop them in their tracks.

Right up until we develop self-powered, self-replicating machines.


Alright, Morpheus.
 
2014-07-22 08:21:55 AM  
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2014-07-22 08:23:26 AM  
From one of my favorite B movies:

I think you're supposed to shoot at the antennae
www.theweeklings.com

The horror of getting a hickey from an ant.
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Uh, excuse me.  There's something behind you.
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2014-07-22 08:24:23 AM  
Do we have robots that are smart as cats yet? How can we tell that they're as smart as a cat? Do they sit around all day licking their own butts? Do they chase laser pointers? Do they run away and hide after tthey've knocked something off the table?

The problem with AI isn't how smart it will be. The problem with AI is how damned stupid it will turn out to be.
 
2014-07-22 08:24:52 AM  
Sure we could do something about it. We'd make a reality TV show out of our apocalypse.
 
2014-07-22 08:28:25 AM  
Ya know, FARK does its part to prevent this sort of catastrophe.  At the bottom of the page is a button that says, "Report a bug".

So, do it, ok?
 
2014-07-22 08:28:47 AM  
Thanks ants.  Thants.
 
2014-07-22 08:30:55 AM  
"Just a sec - I'm almost done with the crossword puzzle!  Give me a three letter word for possibly deadly pest ..."

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2014-07-22 08:33:13 AM  
Every summer I buy a $3.50 vial of Terro ant bait. They gather it, feed it to the queen, game over.  Ants are about the easiest insect to exterminate from your home.
 
2014-07-22 08:41:22 AM  
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2014-07-22 08:42:30 AM  
If everything goes to shiat, my money is on dung beetles.
 
2014-07-22 08:47:14 AM  

dittybopper: Muta: Over several million years of evolution, modern humans have already outcompeted several primates and other human species, such as Denisovans, hobbitlike creatures dubbed Homo floresiensis, and Neanderthals

Having a bunch of little hobbits running around would have been cool.  We suck.

No, we don't suck.  We're very, very, *VERY* good at what we do.  That's how we've come to dominate the planet.


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Begs to differ.
 
2014-07-22 08:49:40 AM  
He did warn us they were marching...
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2014-07-22 08:54:50 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Every summer I buy a $3.50 vial of Terro ant bait. They gather it, feed it to the queen, game over.  Ants are about the easiest insect to exterminate from your home.


And yet you have to do it every year...
 
2014-07-22 09:06:03 AM  
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2014-07-22 09:07:54 AM  
My vote:  Dolphins.
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2014-07-22 09:22:11 AM  
I'm now wondering whether those tiny dark brown ants infesting the back yard driveway are Argentine ants. They're kinda like everywhere back there. Strangely, I've found I can walk around with bare feet among them and they don't seem to bother me at all, I guess because they're so tiny.

I don't care as long as they don't come in the house.
 
2014-07-22 09:34:12 AM  

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Came for the "I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords" reference.   Leaving happy.
 
2014-07-22 09:40:42 AM  

The Larch: Do we have robots that are smart as cats yet? How can we tell that they're as smart as a cat? Do they sit around all day licking their own butts? Do they chase laser pointers? Do they run away and hide after tthey've knocked something off the table?

The problem with AI isn't how smart it will be. The problem with AI is how damned stupid it will turn out to be.


Cats aren't dumb. Hygiene is more important to them than the average farker, everyone has to chase that mysterious light. If you catch it you win eternal life, or you get to eat it. Loud noises startle me :( I mean, cats... they startle cats.

I'm not a cat.
 
2014-07-22 09:52:26 AM  

deanis: dittybopper: Muta: Over several million years of evolution, modern humans have already outcompeted several primates and other human species, such as Denisovans, hobbitlike creatures dubbed Homo floresiensis, and Neanderthals

Having a bunch of little hobbits running around would have been cool.  We suck.

No, we don't suck.  We're very, very, *VERY* good at what we do.  That's how we've come to dominate the planet.

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Begs to differ.


"We" is collective.  There are always exceptions.
 
2014-07-22 09:59:48 AM  
seems like a pretty big either or....
 
2014-07-22 10:08:38 AM  
Ants aren't that hard to deal with. I just use my VATS, and life is good.
 
2014-07-22 10:29:52 AM  

Slaxl: The Larch: Do we have robots that are smart as cats yet?

Cats aren't dumb. Hygiene is more important to them than the average farker, everyone has to chase that mysterious light. If you catch it you win eternal life, or you get to eat it. Loud noises startle me :( I mean, cats... they startle cats.

I'm not a cat.


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Sure.  I believe you, Mr. Not-cat.
 
2014-07-22 10:38:36 AM  
sure, but if the ai plugs into the cybernetic ant swarm megacolonies...... we doomed!

lol but really we will kill ourselves.
 
2014-07-22 11:06:35 AM  
Ants taking over the world, huh? One of my favorite sci-fi books talked about that...

Protip: Don't help ants remember shiat from year to year. That won't work out too well for... well, anything that isn't an ant.

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2014-07-22 11:36:51 AM  

The Larch: Do we have robots that are smart as cats yet? How can we tell that they're as smart as a cat? Do they sit around all day licking their own butts? Do they chase laser pointers? Do they run away and hide after tthey've knocked something off the table?

The problem with AI isn't how smart it will be. The problem with AI is how damned stupid it will turn out to be.


As it turns out, robots who do what they're told are much easier to work with than robots who do whatever they damn well please.
 
2014-07-22 11:38:10 AM  
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2014-07-22 11:39:55 AM  

optimus_grime: sure, but if the ai plugs into the cybernetic ant swarm megacolonies...... we doomed!

lol but really we will kill ourselves.


We've been killing ourselves a long time. I guess practice makes perfect?
 
2014-07-22 12:24:22 PM  

Slaxl: The Larch: Do we have robots that are smart as cats yet? How can we tell that they're as smart as a cat? Do they sit around all day licking their own butts? Do they chase laser pointers? Do they run away and hide after tthey've knocked something off the table?

The problem with AI isn't how smart it will be. The problem with AI is how damned stupid it will turn out to be.

Cats aren't dumb. Hygiene is more important to them than the average farker, everyone has to chase that mysterious light. If you catch it you win eternal life, or you get to eat it. Loud noises startle me :( I mean, cats... they startle cats.

I'm not a cat.


Which would explain what aliens are up to on Earth.

/would photoshop cats chasing laser pointers and humans chasing ufo lights but fark it I'm lazy and you get the idea
 
2014-07-22 01:29:15 PM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: The Larch: Do we have robots that are smart as cats yet? How can we tell that they're as smart as a cat? Do they sit around all day licking their own butts? Do they chase laser pointers? Do they run away and hide after tthey've knocked something off the table?

The problem with AI isn't how smart it will be. The problem with AI is how damned stupid it will turn out to be.

As it turns out, robots who do what they're told are much easier to work with than robots who do whatever they damn well please.


Cats do exactly what they're told to do. You just have no way of knowing what you're telling them.
 
2014-07-22 02:38:01 PM  
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