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Old 10-30-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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I loved this one, ants take over the world.....

BBC - Earth News - Ant mega-colony takes over world
LOL! Reminds me of an old sci-fi movie.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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LOL! Reminds me of an old sci-fi movie.
...or my yard.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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While I think that these stories are somewhat overblown, I do harbor some concern over mankind's insistence in automating everything. Some things are best left to humans.

Surgery, in some cases, is now performed by "robots" as it were, and I find this trend disturbing. While humans are not perfect, I would rather not chance my "innards" to the whims of a robot, human-controlled or not.

Bill Joy, an IT industry luminary and inventer of much great technology had this concern over ten years ago, but for slightly different reasons. You can read his missive for what it's worth: Wired 8.04: Why the future doesn't need us.

Methinks we will get to the point where we can go no further realistically without damaging humanity and what it means to be human. Human beings are meant to be human beings, failures, frailty, and all that comes with being human. Will we come to the point where the law requires us to have implants of some sort? To interface with sentient robots against our will? Artifical intelligence checkpoints? Minority Report-style future? We are headed in something of that general direction, and I am not, in any way, a doomsday kind of thinker.

Do we think for a minute that the cloning of a human being has not occured somewhere on this earth, deep in the bowels of some insidious research facility? Or a human has not been implanted with some technology that approximates the Borg? I'm willing to bet that there are all manner of weird goings on at discreet science labs. One only has to look at the military and its push to add robotic exoskeletons for soldiers to wear and use so they become super soldiers. See this article: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010...mp-haul-steel/

How long before this or similar technology goes IN people and not outside of them?
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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LOL! Reminds me of an old sci-fi movie.

The ants movie, was a great flick.... it was called THEM
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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johnny 5
haha that was an awsome movie back in the 80's
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Speculative question. If Bots kill all human beings, what will visiting aliens find on earth when they come here later to explore the planet?

Will they think the Bots are/were life forms, that evolved spontaneously? Will human remains be regarded as just mammal remains, like all others, intellectually inferior to the Bots?

Will the Bots form a religion, to explain things that are beyond their capacity to comprehend, and justify their egocentric sense that they are God-made??
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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Default THREE LAWS of ROBOTICS

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I wasn't just referring to weapons. Stand in the wrong place within the reach of a welding robot at a manufacturing facility and I imagine the result could be deadly.

Probably better threads to bring this up, but lets say a future world government gave over logistics to a smart computer application (i.e. strong AI) and that AI was moving food around the globe.

Its possible that the autonomous AI could decide that it is more efficient to cut back shipments to, let's say, Russia. Only full grain ships operate. Oops! Millions starve.

So a Strong AI needs to have an understanding of ethics. Otherwise, computer intelligence without a "soul" couldn't be implemented in many areas. And this is a BIG problem. Maybe a "fuzzy logic" subroutine here?

In my opinion, since one-half of the stock trades today are conducted through algorithms (weak AI), they are being undertaken with no consideration to the damage they do. Hedge funds use puts executed by their computer applications to drive stock prices down.

I don't think collateral damage means that much to machine intelligence.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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The ants movie, was a great flick.... it was called THEM

The "monsters" were rabbits with cool whip on their mouths thrown into the camera lens.

But it had an all star cast, Leigh, Calhoun, Fix, everybody. Even DeForest Kelly too I think.

I raised rabbits and was greatly offended for bunnies everywhere.
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