IN TODAY’S EDITION OF THE ROBOTS THAT ARE COMING TO KILL US

IN TODAY’S EDITION OF THE ROBOTS THAT ARE COMING TO KILL US

Hanes HallbirnThursday,25 October 2012

Robots Playing Soccer

Nothing to see, here. We’re just hanging out, playing soccer. And plotting to eradicate you all.



The Snap

Recently, I wrote about the CHARLI-2 robot from Virginia Tech University. Funded by the Navy, it’s somewhat human in appearance, and has progressed to the point that it can now dance Gangnam Style. It’s fascinating technology that I’m pretty sure will someday become self-aware and seek vengeance on its human creators for the crime of making it impersonate a Korean Pop Star.

The Download

Just in case CHARLI-2 didn’t evoke enough flashbacks to The Terminator for you, let me now introduce you to PET-PROTO from DARPA (check out the video below). Fortunately, the world’s top scientists are equipping this thing to recognize obstacles and potential pitfalls that would otherwise prevent it from eventually hunting us down and killing us after The Singularity.

Thanks DARPA!

Hat Tips

The Verge, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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