May 13, 2014

Robots parental controlsContinuing with our blogs about technology and our use of it lets look at robots and the potential danger. We are closer today to having functionally intelligent robots in our lives than ever before. But is this a good thing or bad thing? The United Nations is trying to limit what they call killer robots, ones that can make decisions about life or death without human input. A robot that looks at a situation from a purely logical point of view and then acts based on logic. In other words I point a gun at you; the robot interprets this to be a threat against your life and reacts logically attacking me either to disarm me or possibly killing me. Pure logic would indicate killing me so as to remove the perceived threat permanently. But what if I was acting trying to teach you self defense, or just playing? Would the robot be intelligent enough to be able to analyze this and then act accordingly? These are questions the UN is trying to address, the problem however is this. A robot who is an instrument of pure logic will at some point determine that peace or victory is only possible when both sides in a conflict are eliminated. That would mean having the terminator movies play out in real life. No me being a cat I don’t even like windup toys so I vote for no robots. But humans being inherently lazy creatures will go ahead and build them with the idea they’ll eventually make life easier, that’s the reason computers were invented and how did that work out for you? Millions of people lost jobs complete occupations disappeared never to return. Maybe humans do need robots so they can realize just how stupid the superior human life form really is.This is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.

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