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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Marriage of Atlas and Sophia: The Unfolding Nightmare of High Robotics

       Sophia, the world's most life-like humanoid robot sporting artificial intelligence, was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia in October.  While unable to walk on stage at this point, she can hold down a conversation with even the brightest minds on the planet, winking and smiling as she does so.
       This week, DARPA-funded Boston Dynamics unveiled their latest superstar bipedal robot, Atlas, which is capable of running, jumping, and doing back flips.  What happens when Atlas and Sophia are married? Might they have already eloped in some secret government laboratory?  Are we only being spoon-fed the awful truth about the advancement of humanoid robots and their application to warfare?
       Tesla founder Elon Musk has been issuing ever more severe warnings about the advancement of Artificial Intelligence and its threat to humanity.  Ethics professors have similarly warned us about the growing issues of autonomous machines and their ability to harm human beings.  What happens when a hybrid Atlas-Sophia robot with a mind of its own is armed with an automatic rifle and decides to kill people?  Who will be held accountable?  And who will stand to oppose such machines when they are let loose by the thousands in Pentagon-contrived wars that spin out of control?  Are we ready for the future our technocratic overlords are rapidly pushing the whole world into?  Is there hope for humanity, or is the Terminator meme destined to become a self-fulfilling prophecy?
       Watch this video and decide for yourself:

Can You Do A Backflip? Because This Robot Can

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Since being founded in 1992 with funding from DARPA, robotics company Boston Dynamics has unveiled one nightmarish robotic creation after another. But the company outdid itself this week when it introduced the latest iteration of its ‘Atlas’ robot. The company caused a stir after publishing a video on YouTube showing the hulking humanoid robot jumping across platforms of varying heights and even perform backflips on command - some of the most advanced capabilities demonstrated by any bipedal robot.

If you’re wondering how this seemingly trivial ability portends imminent warfare between mankind and the machines, then you need to ask yourself: When was the last time you did a standing backflip?
Unless you’re a gymnast, the answer is probably never.
Unsurprisingly, the video inspired a cascade of commentary about humanity’s impending obsolescence:

Though apparently there are still some mundane tasks that Atlas has not yet mastered...

Boston Dynamics also made headlines earlier this week by introducing a polished dog-like robot that sits somewhere along the slope of Freud’s 'Valley of the Uncanny'...
The robot is called the SpotMini. The company has released few details about it other than a promotional video showing it trotting across a grassy field and the teaser text “Coming Soon”.
Meanwhile, an international group of scientists have seemingly taken a cue from Elon Musk and are demanding that governments take steps to regulate automated lethal weapons systems before the technology comes into its own, purportedly to prevent the plot of the Terminator series from unfolding in real life.
It’s been a big week for the robots, sure. However, while humanoid robots like Atlas are becoming more adept at completing tasks in the physical world, their cousins on Wall Street still can’t quite figure out how to buy the fucking dip.


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