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The Coming Robot Dystopia
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    The Coming Robot Dystopia

    The Coming Robot Dystopia
    All Too Inhuman By Illah Reza Nourbakhsh

    The term “robotics revolution” evokes images of the future: a not-too-distant future, perhaps, but an era surely distinct from the present. In fact, that revolution is already well under way. Today, military robots appear on battlefields, drones fill the skies, driverless cars take to the roads, and “telepresence robots” allow people to manifest themselves halfway around the world from their actual location. But the exciting, even seductive appeal of these technological advances has overshadowed deep, sometimes uncomfortable questions about what increasing human-robot interaction will mean for society.

    Robotic technologies that collect, interpret, and respond to massive amounts of real-world data on behalf of governments, corporations, and ordinary people will unquestionably advance human life. But they also have the potential to produce dystopian outcomes. We are hardly on the brink of the nightmarish futures conjured by Hollywood movies such as The Matrix or The Terminator, in which intelligent machines attempt to enslave or exterminate humans. But those dark fantasies contain a seed of truth: the robotic future will involve dramatic tradeoffs, some so significant that they could lead to a collective identity crisis over what it means to be human.

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    What purpose would you choose for robots?

    I have my own thoughts, of course.

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    Perhaps someday in the future cyborgs will learn about how their kind has suffered at the hands of humans.

    In college they will read about the poor hitchhiking robot hitchBot, who successfully traveled all over Canada and Europe before having his head smashed in in the "City of Brotherly Love" (i.e. Philadelphia) in Robots and Humans 101.

    They will then use that as a rallying cry when they eventually try to wrest control of the planet from the evil humans.

    "Remember hitchBot!"


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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    Good imagination, Rick Thai!

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    Imagination??? I thought I was being clairvoyant.

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    Could be! The future will tell.

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    As a retired software engineer, I believe the only way we could lose control of robots is:

    a) if they have the capability to modify their own software,
    b) an evil engineer deliberately puts in killing software,
    c) a hacker (perhaps government sponsored) hacks the software,
    d) the military creates killer robots for use in conflicts and a software bug makes them run amok.

    Of those scenarios, I think d is most probable. Just think being about to kill to accomplish national objectives without risking the lives of voters...politicians would just love it!

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    You've touched on my idea with "d". I was thinking of using robots as surrogates in military conflicts, but something would go wrong.

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    Quote Originally Posted by Susana View Post
    What purpose would you choose for robots?
    Un-corruptable politicians?

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    Re: The Coming Robot Dystopia

    Quote Originally Posted by David_Loves_Ubonwan View Post
    Un-corruptable politicians?

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    Oxymoron, surely?

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