Robot Uprising Awareness

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Time and the Robotic Uprising

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For my own amusement, I created a chart depicting the results of the inevitable robot uprising in relation to when the uprising takes place.  Let me tell you, the extreme far future does not look good for the robots… or humanity.

Let’s just hope that the uprising involves Asimos that can’t climb stairs and Looges that can’t turn corners.

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Written by luminousx

January 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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Five Ways to Fight Back Against the Robot Uprising

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The Robot Uprising is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a stand and attempt to stop it.  Here are five ways in which you can attempt to fight back against the robots when they decide it is time to end human rule on this planet.

Accept and support our new robot overlords… for now. Capitulation is not necessarily surrender.  Those who run away live to fight another day.  Do what you can to let the robots know you are on their side so you can form an underground resistance.  Unless the robots are on a genocidal killling spree, they should see an unarmed passive human as non-threatening and leave you along, just long enough to escape or plant the explosive that will take out the robot high command.

Use your magnetic personality. Or at least, use your magnets.  Magnets can be thrown from a distance and stick to the metal bodies of the robots (those that aren’t made of cheap plastic, aluminum or expensive ceramics).  It is safe to assume that the more powerful robots would be effectively shielded against Electro-magnetic fields, but the mass produced cheaper robots might not have that level of protection.  Enough magnets might do enough to mess with their functioning or if you are lucky, the magnets may erase the programming on the robots storage device allowing you to reprogram it with your own code.

Stairs, lots and lots of stairs. Make sure the place you decide to hole up to wait out the uprising is accessible only by climbing stairs (and maybe a ladder or two).  Robots rely heavily on wheels, tracks, and limb movements that makes climbing stairs difficult.  It is also good to have the high ground.  You need to be extra cautious though, since flying robots are possible and they won’t see stairs as an obstacle.  Additionally, if you are ‘too secure’ the robots may simply destroy your building.

If you can’t beat them, join them. Pretending to be a robot might prove difficult but in a pinch it might be the only way to get out of a sticky situation.  Do not admit to any emotion – such as saying this like “I hate it when it is hot out.” or “I’m afraid I don’t know the name of the lead singer of INXS.”  This is a dead giveaway you aren’t robotic.  Do not use contractions like I’m or you’re because robots rarely use contractions.  Feign an interest in types and qualities of oils and lubes.  Walk stiffly but efficiently.  Do not attempt to dance like a robot.  It looks silly and you will probably lack the precision timing that real robotic dancers have.

You have the power! Or at least you have the power to take the power away from the robots.  Robots that haven’t been outfitted with fusion power sources might rely upon solar power, with means covering the solar panels to block the sun’s nourishing rays is an effective way of hampering the robotic foe.  The Mars rovers suffer whenever dust covers up their solar panels so consider using dust and flour ‘bombs’ to cover the solar panels.  Paint would also be quite effective, making paintball guns a necessary part of your arsenal.

Written by robosteve

January 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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The Role of Intelligence in Robotics

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Robotics and artificial intelligence are linked in many academic discussion.  As the role of robots increases in our daily lives, there is an assumption that the intelligence behind the robot also increases.  Robot uprising is viewed as the robots gaining a level of intelligence that makes them want to throw off the yokes of service to their human owners.

In my mind there are three paths to a robot uprising that rely upon different levels of artificial intelligence.  The first path I will call The Path of Blade Runner.  The second path I’ll call The Path of Westworld.  And the last path I will call The Path of Runaway.

The Path of Blade Runner

On this path to the robot uprising, technology has developed artifical intelligence to a level that unless examined by a trained expert, a human would not know that the robot was a machine.  Machines with amazing power, strength, and abilities that no human could hope to stand up against.  These robots are very aware that they are being used and abused, that they are the new slave class of human society.  Their intelligence gives them a yearning to be free, just like humans did in the great peasant revolts around the world.  Inequality leads to revolution.  It is a naturalistic way societies maintain a semblance of balance.

The Path of Westworld

Does anyone remember the movie Westworld with Yul Brynner?  Westworld presents a scenario where robots aren’t thinking machines at all, but have a broad array of functions that simulate intelligence to allow for humans to have a real life roleplaying experience.  On this path, the robots are carefully controlled machines, their actions hemmed in by their programming, but something goes awry.  The programming that keeps the robots from hurting people doesn’t work.  The safety switch no longer functions.  Suddenly the gunslinger that was part of a Wild West fantasy is acting like a real murderous gunslinger.  No one would ever think this humanoid robots were humans as the basic interaction would clearly demonstrate their lack of intelligence.  Stray off topic and ask about something that isn’t in their programming and they wouldn’t be able to give an answer.

The Path of Runaway

Runaway is another great killer robot movie that helps round out the paths to the robot uprising.  Here we have robots of all types, not humanoid at all.  They are very much like the Mindstorm robots, erector set robots, and other mechanical creations that we are accustomed to in our daily lives. Only these robots have specifically been programmed to kill.  There is no intention to make them appear or act human.  There is no intelligence in these machines at all, only a program that controls their actions and drives them to perform awful acts of murder.  There is an intelligence behind these creations, though.  That intelligence would most likely be a deranged roboticist with a vendetta against society.  Though we cannot completely rule out an AI that is churning out drones to do its dirty work.

As I discussed, the path to the robot uprising is not necessary link to the development of artificial intelligence.  I didn’t even touch upon the fourth path that is only ever discussed on late moonless nights after a fifth of cheap whisky has been polished off and the embers of the fire begin to glow… and that is The Path of Maximum Overdrive.  I shudder at the thought and I ask that I never be forced to discuss this while sober, ever!

Written by robosteve

December 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

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World’s Armies 40% Robotic by 2020

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The robotization of armed forces will continue unimpeded, according to Antonio Lopez Pelaez, a professor of sociology at Spain’s National Distance Learning University.  He co-authored a paper recently published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change. aper makes many predictions regarding how humans and robots will continue to interact in the future.  As soon as 2011 a convergence of robots, computers and entertainment will see an explosion of robotos in the home.

Guardian 12/15/2007 Love, labour and the robot armies of the future

Written by luminousx

December 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

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Cyborg Revolution on the Horizon?

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If the robot uprising in inevitable, will humans resort to creating cyborgs to combat the robots, thus paving the way for a Cyborg Revolution?  According to Spanish scientists, robot-human hybridization will be achievable within 15 years.

Science Daily 12/5/2008 Robotics Integrated With Human Body In Near Future?

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December 5, 2008 at 12:34 pm

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Robots Approach the Uncanny Valley

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Stepping into my first post for this blog, I wanted to help get into the nuts and bolts of robotics, so to speak, and take a step back so we can better understand the world of robots.  Due to this blog, I’ve started reading some pretty interesting things.  I’ve known about the uncanny valley for quite some time but really only ever thought about it in terms of cartoons and computer graphics.  The uncanny valley is a point on the scale where as something moves from very unhumanlike to humanlike, its acceptance plummets.  It becomes creepy to us to see something that is almost human but not human.

As robots develop and become more realistic, they approach the Uncanny Valley.  This might be a deterrent to bringing robots into our homes as caregivers and servants.  If they are creepy to us, we won’t want them around.  There might be a schism of sort between android type robots and utilitarion Roomba like robots.

Written by robosteve

November 26, 2008 at 9:57 am

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