MEET THE ROBOT THAT WILL EVENTUALLY KILL US ALL

MEET THE ROBOT THAT WILL EVENTUALLY KILL US ALL

Hanes HallbirnSaturday,20 October 2012

This thing will get you too

I’ll be coming for you, too.



The Snap

In the not-so-distant future, robots will be deployed into dangerous situations that are deemed too risky, or too complicated, for human involvement. The U.S. Navy’s Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, which opened earlier this year, is among the world’s leaders in advancing such robotic technologies. And now, the brilliant minds behind an early fruit of the Navy’s research funding — the CHARLI-2 robot developed at Virginia Tech University — have joined in on the trend of Gangnam Style parodies (see the video below).

The Download

Get a good look at that faceless black visor and white chest plate, folks. The next time you see them, they’ll be standing over you, while you work in a labor camp to dig up the minerals these things need in their continued quest to subdue, and eventually eradicate, humanity. The Singularity, a projected future event in which an artificially intelligent machine becomes both self-aware and superintelligent, is still decades away (projected dates vary widely). And when that moment comes — when this thing realizes that we’ve been making it dance around like a Korean pop star — it’s gonna go all Terminator on our asses.

On a serious note, this is some cool technology with a variety of potential uses. Think disaster recovery. Combat missions. Deep sea exploration. All of those situations are stressful for human partipants, and technology pioneers are developing machines that minimize loss of human life in the face of danger. So don’t fear. The robots of the future will be combat-ready, sea-worthy, fast, nimble, and superintelligent. I’m sure they’ll love having us humans boss them around and have them do all of our dirty work.

Hat Tips

The Futurist, Wired, The Computing Community Consortium, Wired (again), Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

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