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Robots will only take over mankind: IF: mankind programs them to KILL US!

Is mankind DUMB enough to do this?

You can BET the Mad Scientist are DUMB enough and have enough money to do just that!
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Robots will only take over mankind: IF: mankind programs them to KILL US!

Is mankind DUMB enough to do this?

You can BET the Mad Scientist are DUMB enough and have enough money to do just that!


Upside down world anything can happen. Again, I've got no problem with updating and making things better for all of us. But it's downright stupid to keep on topping this and making humans obsolete. But in Twilight Zone land the dumb things are things they think are smart.  ::)

Not to mention: Updating to the point where everything is shared.  All your thoughts belong to us! No, I'm not interested.

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Professor: 90% of News Stories to be Written by Computers by 2030
« Reply #162 on: March 26, 2014, 10:26:47 am »
http://www.prisonplanet.com/professor-90-of-news-stories-to-be-written-by-computers-by-2030.html

Professor: 90% of News Stories to be Written by Computers by 2030

Mainstream media journalists so redundant they will be replaced with robots

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
March 25, 2014

Professor of Computer Science Dr. Kristian Hammond predicts that by 2030, 90 per cent of all news stories will be written not by human reporters but by computer algorithms.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQzrnYaqoQQ

Hammond, co-founded of Narrative Science, helped develop a program with reporter and programmer Ken Schwencke that relies on a fusion of statistics and journalistic clichés to write simple news stories.

This is how the L.A. Times was able to publish an article about last week’s earthquake just 3 minutes after it happened, because the whole story was artificially generated by Schwencke’s computer algorithm.
While the L.A. Times is open about its use of the program, many other mainstream news websites are using “robo-reporters” completely anonymously without a disclaimer.

According to Singularity Hub’s Jason Dorrier, Professor Hammond, “thinks some 90% of the news could be written by computers by 2030.” And don’t think this will just be restricted to sports results or earthquakes. Hammond also believes that “a computer could write stories worthy of a Pulitzer Prize by 2017.”

This speaks to the increasingly redundant role of mainstream news reporters. Journalists working for the corporate press have abandoned their role as adversarial checks against the state to such a degree that they are now being replaced by computers.

Mainstream reporters have become so adept at merely regurgitating official narratives and echoing government talking points unchallenged that they are now being replaced by robots – and nobody is even noticing.
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Re: Professor: 90% of News Stories to be Written by Computers by 2030
« Reply #163 on: March 26, 2014, 10:40:23 am »
To all you trophy wives and trophy wife wannabes out there, it appears that your market value will be plummeting in the not too distant future as well...

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAuam8iiH3Q
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EU funding for robots that learn and think for themselves
« Reply #164 on: March 29, 2014, 11:57:09 pm »
http://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/36504_en.html

EU funding for robots that learn and think for themselves

CORDIS
March 28, 2014

Over two-thirds of European workers in manufacturing are employed in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The sector's primary means of competition is to respond rapidly to changing production needs and to keep product quality at a very high level.

While robots are able to carry out repetitive tasks to a high standard, they do not currently meet the demands of SMEs for high flexibility. Today´s robots know only their nominal task which limits their ability to deal with frequent changes in the manufacturing process.

An EU-funded project, SMEROBOTICS, aims to address this conundrum by bringing the concept of cognitive robotics from vision to reality. The three-year initiative, which runs until 31 December 2015, seeks to develop SME-suitable robots that are sufficiently agile to enable companies to change processes and robot assignments without having to call in specialists.

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Considering how lazy and stupid American women are getting to be.  The Japanese are just trying to secure future market share.

This could be a blessing in disguise, what if American women had to compete with these fem-droids ?

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Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution
« Reply #166 on: April 09, 2014, 10:08:36 am »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU1-YFbAifA (Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution)


^^  While watching the above documentary, I found myself being continually reminded of the following quote...


“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.”

-- Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in Jurassic Park
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Re: Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution
« Reply #167 on: April 09, 2014, 11:07:08 am »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU1-YFbAifA (Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution)

Listening to these scientists wanting to play God wax romantic about all the ways this genetic engineering and transhuman technology will be used to serve -- not oppress or enslave -- mankind is like listening to a small child talk about Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny (the only difference, of course, being that a four-year-old has an excuse for being that gullible and naive).

They'e in either blissful ignorance or willful denial of the fact that the ruling-class parasites who are financing all this "research" will use it not to make the world a better place for everyone, but rather to genetically engineer the masses into an utterly docile, easily manageable, subhuman slave race.

http://www.infowars.com/articles/nwo/professor_predicts_human_race_will_split_into_two_species.htm

Professor Predicts Human Race Will "split into two different species"

One race will be rich, beautiful, intelligent elite, the other will be goblin like underclass

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
October 26 , 2007

An evolutionary theorist from the London School of Economics has caused controversy by suggesting that the human race will reach its physical peak by the year 3000 and will then split into two different species, one perfect elite race and one regressed race of small ugly goblin like creatures.

Oliver Curry has forwarded his theory, the Bravo Evolution Report, based on sexual selection and an increasing move to use technology to enhance physical attributes and life expectancy.

Curry suggests that much like in HG Wells' novel The Time Machine , in 100,000 years a genetically perfected ruling elite will dominate the planet and be served by a dumbed down animalistic version of humanity.

The Daily Mail reports:

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Re: Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution
« Reply #168 on: April 09, 2014, 12:10:24 pm »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU1-YFbAifA (Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution)

^^  While watching the above documentary, I found myself being continually reminded of the following quote...

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.”

-- Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in Jurassic Park

I also found myself repeatedly asking: "Who, exactly, is this 'we' the narrator keeps blabbing about?"

Could it possibly be the same psychopathic "we" who admittedly want to reduce the human population by 80% or more?

Or is that precisely the question the billions of "useless eaters" who've been targeted for termination aren't supposed to ask in the first place, lest they successfully defend themselves against the Hitlerian technocrats silently preying upon them?
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 The "WE' is: and, we are in trouble, because of these crazy bastards in the program! in the program: we call "LIFE!"

 If the 'Weed's' (the We) get their way: Then 'WE' (the people) are all Robotic Slaves!

I will NOT become a Slave Robot for the Nazis'
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Will sex workers be replaced by robots?
« Reply #170 on: April 19, 2014, 08:18:17 am »
http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/danaher20140418

Will sex workers be replaced by robots? (A Precis)
 
John Danaher
Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies
Apr 18, 2014

I recently published an article in the Journal of Evolution and Technology on the topic of sex work and technological unemployment (available here, here and here). It began by asking whether sex work, specifically prostitution (as opposed to other forms of labour that could be classified as “sex work”, e.g. pornstar or erotic dancer), was vulnerable to technological unemployment. It looked at contrasting responses to that question, and also included some reflections on technological unemployment and the basic income guarantee.

I hate to say this myself, but I thought the arguments in the paper were interesting, and I’d like to hear what other people think about them. But since people are busy, and may not be inclined to read the full 8,000 words, I thought I would provide a brief precis of the main arguments here. That might persuade some to read the full thing, and others to offer their opinions. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to focus solely on the arguments relating to the replacement of sex workers by robots, leaving the basic income arguments out.

This is the first time I’ve ever tried to summarise my own work on the blog — I usually focus on the work of others — and it comes with the caveat that there is much more detail and supporting evidence in the original article. I’m just giving the bare bones of the arguments here. No doubt everyone else whose work I’ve addressed on this blog wishes I added a similar caveat before all my other posts. In my defence, I hope that such a caveat is implied in all these other cases.

1. The Case for the Displacement Hypothesis

Those who think that prostitutes could one day be rendered technologically unemployed by sophisticated sexual robots are defenders of something I call the “displacement hypothesis”:

Displacement Hypothesis: Prostitutes will be displaced by sex robots, much as other human labourers (e.g. factory workers) have been displaced by technological analogues.

As I note in the article, a defence of the displacement hypothesis is implicit in the work of several writers. The most notable of these is, perhaps, David Levy, whose 2007 book Love and Sex with Robots remains the best single-volume work on this topic. In the article, I try to clarify and strengthen the defence of the displacement hypothesis.

I argue that it depends on two related theses:

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18 March 2014 Last updated at 11:12

Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

That news article is written by a javascript, or Perl or some simple scripting language. It's a bit of Javascripting.
I could do it myself back in my computer science days. Now, I wouldn't be bothered, right!

I'm the old mad scientist waiting for a foundation grant but having to do with the Dole!

IT'S WELL UNDER WAY; this SPECIES SCHISM.

I believe we'll attain a two-species divide of sub-humans versus Elite Aryans long before year 3000.

For instance, I live next door to a Gargoyle, Gollumesque, creature called Jim, yet to my surprise I have also been labelled by my Elite, homœpathic Practitioner Landlord as A GOBLIN. Of course I always thought it meant 'one that dwells underground', in a socio-economic & political sense. Yet neither Gollum next door nor I, the Greek God, have had children. He is as ugly as shit on a stick and I am like a Sun-drenched Eternal in appearance but that doesn't change the fact neither of us have had children.

This Great Schism? It won't be about looks, IMO. I think the Aryans have always been as pretty as a flat-tyre.

All the evidence you need! This Humanoid Schism coming to pass will all be down to insane 55+ year old SCIENTISTS who should have been pensioned off and put-out-to-pasture long before they got to the SENILE stage and started to really behave crazy like James Lovelock, Al Gore and the rest of The Class of Hell.

Scientists of a certain age should by law all be retired, put to pasture. It's the only way to save mankind.

Above 55 or so, a scientist becomes a Sociopath, its brain riddled from dawn to dusk and 24/7 with visions of Hell ...

Trust me on this.
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 Blow-Up Dolls---with Benefits  :P

The Old & Young; men & women in power, are ALL SEXUAL PERVERTS! and they will get their 'Jollies' anyway they can!

 Because: "They Are Perverts."
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I have also been labelled by my Elite, homœpathic Practitioner Landlord as A GOBLIN.

Trust me on this.

Correction. I got a call on the blower and was encouraged to remember that her Hoboship the Lairdess of bumble-bum alley actually calls me "A GNOME", not 'A Goblin'.
— So, a Gnome, as per Linux, as per Gimli of LOTR as per:



"(in folklore) one of a species of diminutive beings, usually described as shriveled little old men, that inhabit the interior of the earth and act as guardians of its treasures; troll."
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Gnome

Bitch! Bastards! Anyway, let's face it, as one Gnome to another.
—  "Who have we to blame apart from ourselves, for this mess?"
- 'I blame the crap they add to this bloody tobacco'.
"The Dog has returned to its own vomit, and the sow that was bathed to rolling in the mire."
2 Peter, 2:2.

'The Intellectual, the Plebitian & the Proletariat could be treated; just as wasps are treated.'
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I see someone was honest enough to choose the fourth option in the above poll.

Gee, I wonder what morally bankrupt political ideology/economic school of thought that person subscribes to?

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Pentagon Scientists Show Off Life-Size Robot
« Reply #175 on: April 23, 2014, 06:12:38 pm »
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140423/DEFREG02/304230025/Pentagon-Scientists-Show-Off-Life-Size-Robot

Pentagon Scientists Show Off Life-Size Robot

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
DefenseNews
April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot Tuesday that resembles Hollywood’s “Terminator,” the latest experiment by the Pentagon’s hi-tech researchers.

But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior but as a humanitarian machine that would rescue victims in the rubble of a natural disaster, officials said.

The 6-foot-2-inch (187 centimeters) Atlas is one of the entrants in a contest designed to produce a man-like life-saver machine, the brainchild of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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^^  If anyone reading this believes the laughable talking point that the Pentagon -- the Pentagon -- designed this thing "not as a warrior but as a humanitarian machine," then I have a bridge to sell you.
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Re: Pentagon Scientists Show Off Life-Size Robot
« Reply #176 on: April 23, 2014, 07:35:22 pm »
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140423/DEFREG02/304230025/Pentagon-Scientists-Show-Off-Life-Size-Robot

Pentagon Scientists Show Off Life-Size Robot

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
DefenseNews
April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot Tuesday that resembles Hollywood’s “Terminator,” the latest experiment by the Pentagon’s hi-tech researchers.

But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior but as a humanitarian machine that would rescue victims in the rubble of a natural disaster, officials said.

The 6-foot-2-inch (187 centimeters) Atlas is one of the entrants in a contest designed to produce a man-like life-saver machine, the brainchild of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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^^  If anyone reading this believes the laughable talking point that the Pentagon -- the Pentagon -- designed this thing "not as a warrior but as a humanitarian machine," then I have a bridge to sell you.

True. You can really tell the lies are completely transparent. I remember seeing an article about them wanting to come up with drones that can override the humans controlling the drone. I can't remember if I read it on here or if it was on Yahoo. Anyway, what's the common sense approach to something like a drone overriding its controller? The killings will continue even if you have a "weak" human in charge that will suddenly develop a spine, a heart, and a mind that can think for themselves and can stand up and refuse to kill anymore people with a drone.

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Re: Pentagon Scientists Show Off Life-Size Robot
« Reply #177 on: April 23, 2014, 07:42:16 pm »
True. You can really tell the lies are completely transparent. I remember seeing an article about them wanting to come up with drones that can override the humans controlling the drone. I can't remember if I read it on here or if it was on Yahoo. Anyway, what's the common sense approach to something like a drone overriding its controller? The killings will continue even if you have a "weak" human in charge that will suddenly develop a spine, a heart, and a mind that can think for themselves and can stand up and refuse to kill anymore people with a drone.

How many billions did this killing machine cost?

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Re: Pentagon Scientists Show Off Life-Size Robot
« Reply #178 on: April 23, 2014, 08:14:48 pm »
How many billions did this killing machine cost?

Bingo, I found the article. I even went through the comments and found the one that lines up with what I just said: "Oh wow, I get it now. How do we bypass the men and women that will refuse orders against doing something to their own people? Let's make drones that can override those "pesky" humans that have a heart, a soul, a thinking mind, standards or whatever you want to call it. Yeah, they'll hide behind stress--just like what they said in this article. This is just something else to think about. Some people aren't mindless lemmings that follow orders for the sake of following orders."

Full article.

Not seeing a price mentioned.

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Smooth Moves: The History and Evolution of Honda’s ASIMO Robot
« Reply #179 on: April 27, 2014, 04:27:59 am »
http://time.com/68438/honda-asimo-robot/#

Smooth Moves: The History and Evolution of Honda’s ASIMO Robot

Doug Aamoth & Corey Protin
TIME.com
April 21, 2014

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As the robotics realm continues to heat up, Honda’s ASIMO (short for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is something of an old-timer.

It’s been around for 14 years, and has seen continual improvements – check out the above video for more of the backstory.

While some robots have a more menacing look – ahem, Atlas – ASIMO has always played the part of a cutesy, Jetsons-style robot meant, in Honda’s words, “to help those in society who need assistance.”

In that spirit, ASIMO is able to do things like opening and serving beverages. It knows sign language – both Japanese and English. It can avoid bumping into people in hallways. Stuff like that.

At the International Auto Show in New York last week, Honda showed off ASIMO’s latest improvements.

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It's no joke – the robots will really take over this time
« Reply #180 on: April 30, 2014, 02:27:27 pm »
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/27/no-joke-robots-taking-over-replace-middle-classes-automatons

It's no joke – the robots will really take over this time

If capitalism can outsource low-paid jobs, why can't it replace the middle classes with automatons?

John Naughton
The Observer
Saturday 26 April 2014


Welcome to the future: a robot working in an office. Photograph: Alamy

Not often do you hear a Newsnight presenter using an arcane mathematical term, but last week was an exception. The culprit was David Grossman, who made an excellent film for Newsnight about the threat to employment from advanced robotics. In the course of this, he made the standard pilgrimage to MIT to interview Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, who have made much of the running in this area with a number of books, of which the most recent is The Second Machine Age. Their argument, said Grossman, was that our society has reached an "inflection point", a concept beloved of those who studied differential calculus in their youth, but probably unfamiliar to the average viewer.

Still, that's what Wikipedia is for. A point of inflection, it explains, is a point on a curve at which the curvature or concavity changes sign from plus to minus (or vice versa). Since this sounds like a smaller deal than the wholesale upheaval prophesied by Brynjolfsson and McAfee, Grossman might have got more mileage out of "tipping point", which, though different to inflection, seems to me to get closer to the nub of the question.

In their book, Brynjolfsson and McAfee maintain that the combination of massive computing power, comprehensive networking, machine learning, digital mapping and the "internet of things" are bringing about a full-blown industrial revolution on the same scale as the transformations brought about by steam power and electricity. But whereas those earlier revolutions supplanted human (and horse) muscle, the new one will supplant much human cognition, in that work that involved employing people to do information-processing tasks will ultimately be done by computers. The implication is that even those in many white-collar occupations may find themselves unemployable.

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Stephen Hawking Is Terrified Of Artificial Intelligence
« Reply #181 on: May 12, 2014, 08:14:17 am »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/stephen-hawking-artificial-intelligence_n_5267481.html

Stephen Hawking Is Terrified Of Artificial Intelligence

by  Carina Kolodny
The Huffington Post
May 05, 2014

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Could advances in artificial intelligence eventually lead to the downfall of mankind?

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking laid out this extreme concerns over the future of A.I. and the human race in a somewhat terrifying op-ed for The Independent on Sunday.

"Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history." Hawking writes. "Unfortunately, it might also be the last."

Hawking, who is best-known for his blockbuster best-seller "A Brief History of Time," wonders if we're innovating faster than we're considering the possible repercussions

Hawking lays out the incredible technological advancements that are currently taking place in A.I., from self-driving cars to digital personal assistants like Google Now. He believes we're on the cusp of the kinds of artificial intelligence that were previously exclusive to science fiction films.

He's not wrong. A.I. start-ups are fast emerging in the tech sphere and quickly garnering the financial support necessary to innovate.

Google recently paid $650 million for DeepMind Technologies, an A.I. company. Late last year, Google picked up Robotics maker Boston Dynamics for an undisclosed sum.

"The amount of money that Google and other commercial companies will pour into robotics and artificial intelligence could at last take it truly into the commercial world where we actually do have smart robots roaming our streets." Robotics Professor Noel Sharkey told The Guardian.

What's the problem with all that innovation? Hawking lays out concerns that seem straight out of a sci-fi horror film -- essentially worrying that eventually the machines will outsmart us all.

"Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all."

Regardless of whether artificial Intelligence outpaces human intelligence as Hawking fears, we're already seeing humans replaced by machines.

According to a research report from Oxford University's Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, 45 percent of Americans could lose their jobs to computers in the next two decades.

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'Killer robots' to be debated at UN
9 May 2014

Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.

Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots.

The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

A report on the discussion will be presented to the CCW meeting in November.

This will be the first time that the issue of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons systems, will be addressed within the CCW.

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A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without any human intervention. They do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality.

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Watch the movie Stealth (2005), it goes on to explain why the human aspect should never be taken out of the conflict of war, no matter how tragic that may sound, we have "instincts, feelings and moral judgment."


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The key point I've been trying to make for years in this thread is that tens of millions of workers in the U.S. alone being rendered permanently unemployable by AI-driven robotics can no longer be dismissed as science fiction.

When this becomes a reality, what are these tens of millions of people supposed to do in order to survive?

Beg and grovel for "charity" the rest of their lives?

Whore out their daughters to absentee slumlords?

Allow themselves to be ritualistically sacrificed on the altar of von Mises and von Hayek as punishment for not being able to pay "rent" to the landlord class for mere permission to exist on "their" planet?

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Now The Military Is Going To Build Robots That Have Morals
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Now The Military Is Going To Build Robots That Have Morals

Patrick Tucker
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May 14, 2014


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Are robots capable of moral or ethical reasoning? It’s no longer just a question for tenured philosophy professors or Hollywood directors. This week, it’s a question being put to the United Nations.

The Office of Naval Research will award $7.5 million in grant money over five years to university researchers from Tufts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Brown, Yale and Georgetown to explore how to build a sense of right and wrong and moral consequence into autonomous robotic systems.

“Even though today’s unmanned systems are ‘dumb’ in comparison to a human counterpart, strides are being made quickly to incorporate more automation at a faster pace than we’ve seen before,” Paul Bello, director of the cognitive science program at the Office of Naval Research told Defense One. “For example, Google’s self-driving cars are legal and in-use in several states at this point. As researchers, we are playing catch-up trying to figure out the ethical and legal implications. We do not want to be caught similarly flat-footed in any kind of military domain where lives are at stake.”

The United States military prohibits lethal fully autonomous robots. And semi-autonomous robots can’t “select and engage individual targets or specific target groups that have not been previously selected by an authorized human operator,” even in the event that contact with the operator is cut off, according to a 2012 Department of Defense policy directive.

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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
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Scientists: Robots Could be Programmed to Kill You ‘For the Greater Good’

Autonomous vehicles present ‘morally dangerous path’

Paul Joseph Watson
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As the United Nations debates legislation that could outlaw ‘killer robots’, scientists predict that artificially intelligent systems could one day decide to kill humans “for the greater good.”

In an article for Popular Science, Erik Sofge outlines a scenario whereby robot cars would decide to sacrifice their human owner in order to prevent a collision that could kill more people.

    A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much momentum. Like a cornball stunt in a bad action movie, you are over the cliff, in free fall.

    Your robot, the one you paid good money for, has chosen to kill you. Better that, its collision-response algorithms decided, than a high-speed, head-on collision with a smaller, non-robotic compact. There were two people in that car, to your one. The math couldn’t be simpler.

Sofge cites an opinion piece by Patrick Lin, an associate philosophy professor and director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University, in which Lin delves into the “legally and morally dangerous paths” presented by the emergence of robotic vehicles.

Aside from Google cars and other autonomous forms of transportation, the question of giving robot soldiers a license to kill has raged for years and is currently the subject of a highly anticipated debate in New York being overseen by the U.N.’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

The UN body’s role in banning blinding laser weapons for battlefield use in the 1990′s has led to speculation that legislation banning the use of drone soldiers could be in the works.

“All too often international law only responds to atrocities and suffering once it has happened,” said Michael Moeller, acting head of the U.N.’s European headquarters in Geneva. “You have the opportunity to take preemptive action and ensure that the ultimate decision to end life remains firmly under human control.”

Last year, award-winning military writer and former intelligence officer Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer penned an essay warning of the threat posed by remorseless “killer robots” that will be used to stalk and slaughter human targets in the near future.

Pryer’s comments echo those of Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, who has repeatedly warned that the robots currently being developed under the auspices of DARPA will eventually be used to kill.

In a 50-page report published in 2012, Human Rights Watch also warned that artificially intelligent robots let loose on the battlefield would inevitably commit war crimes.

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Rise of Robots May Doom Retail Restaurant Jobs Amid Furor on Lowest Wages
« Reply #188 on: May 21, 2014, 11:02:04 am »
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Rise of Robots May Doom Retail Restaurant Jobs Amid Furor on Lowest Wages

By IRA STOLL
The New York Sun
May 19, 2014

Retail restaurant robots are coming soon to a checkout counter near you. For anyone who dismissed as a bunch of right-wing propaganda the claim that a higher minimum wage and mandatory health benefits would mean more workers replaced by computer screens, here is a reality check.

McDonald’s announced this month that it will deploy computer kiosks at 7,000 restaurants in Europe, allowing customers to place their own orders and pay by swiping their own credit card. Another restaurant chain, Panera, is deploying the computer kiosks for customers in the U.S., a development that Bloomberg News reported under the headline, “More Kiosks, Fewer Cashiers Coming Soon To Panera.”

The fast-food trade publication QSR reports that a McDonald’s in Laguna Niguel, Calif. is experimenting with iPads that let customers customize their hamburgers. A White Castle in Columbus, Ohio, has deployed computer kiosks that let customers place their own orders, unassisted by a paid human being. “Both Chili’s and Applebee’s recently announced that they are adding tablets throughout their restaurants, allowing customers to order and pay at their tables,” the QSR story says.

Nextep Systems, a Troy, Michigan-based firm that specializes in touch-screen self-order systems, says its sales for 2013 were up 50% from the prior year. At some point, you won’t even need the kiosk — you’ll be able to order from an app on your smartphone, maybe even before you arrive at the restaurant.

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Nike Unloads Contract Factory Workers, Showing How Automation Is Costing Jobs Of Vulnerable Emerging Market Laborers

By Angelo Young
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May 20, 2014

As the 106,000 contract workers who lost their Nike jobs in the past year can attest, apparel manufacturers have decided that it’s cheaper to invest in technology than to hire even the world’s lowest-paid workers.

The relentless move toward industrial automation is undercutting vulnerable workers around the globe.

For years, China and India offered manufacturers a low-wage workforce. Production recently expanded around Asia to countries like Cambodia, Bangladesh and Vietnam as well.

But now, automation is allowing manufacturing to stop chasing cheap labor altogether. Automated production machines cut costs and immunize manufacturers from the dangers of a labor shortage.

“I think this is going to accelerate,” said Erik Brynjolfsson, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “What we have is a situation where robots and automation do more and more tasks that are being done by low-wage labor in Asia and elsewhere in the world. People involved in repetitive work are very vulnerable to what’s happening.”

Even smaller firms in the manufacturing chain can afford to modernize. The robots and computers that now run the plants would have been out of their reach just a few years ago.

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The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

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May 23, 2014


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There are already more than 101 million working age Americans that are not employed and 20 percent of the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job.

So what in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs?

Thanks to technology, the balance of power between employers and workers in this country is shifting dramatically in favor of the employers.  These days, many employers are wondering why they are dealing with so many human worker “headaches” when they can just use technology to get the same tasks done instead.  When you replace a human worker with a robot, you solve a whole bunch of problems.  Robots never take a day off, they never get tired, they never get sick, they never complain, they never show up late, they never waste time on the Internet and they always do what you tell them to do.  In addition, robotic technology has advanced to the point where it is actually cheaper to buy robots than it is to hire humans for a vast variety of different tasks.  From the standpoint of societal efficiency, this is a good thing.  But what happens when robots are able to do just about everything less expensively and more efficiently than humans can?  Where will our jobs come from?

And this is not something that is coming at some point in “the future”.

This is already happening.

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Tech Startup Wants to Replace Congress With Software
« Reply #191 on: May 23, 2014, 09:45:31 pm »
"Again, that's what all this is: it's about controlling technological development and then implying that they're basically the gods (and, again, the UN sponsored this) and that they have all the answers and that you should just give in to having your humanity ended and merge with machines that they make, they make -- remember that -- with their backdoors." -- Alex Jones, The Alex Jones Show, June 12, 2012, 2nd hour

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Tech Startup Wants to Replace Congress With Software

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A California tech startup wants to replace Congress with a software system that decides how to vote on every bill according to public opinion.

The startup, PlaceAVote, envisions Americans voting on legislation through their software system and is currently running two candidates for Congress, both software engineers, who vow to vote according to the tallies recorded by the system.

“If a PlaceAVote candidate is voted into office, all bills that come before Congress will be decided by the district via majority vote online,” states the company’s web site.

One of PlaceAVote’s candidates, John Catano, said that the Founding Fathers “designed a political system that countless others have been based off of.”

“That being said, if they had access to current technology, don’t you think they would use some of it to address the will of the people?” He asked.

While the push to bring back power to the individual is encouraging, especially when the congressional approval rating is in the single digits, there are, however, some pitfalls with the concept, which appears to revolve around the “will of the majority.”

For one thing, the creators of PlaceAVote announced they are “committed to democracy.”

But America was founded as a republic under the rule of law with respect to individual liberties, not as a democracy which only leads to mob rule fueled by the unrestrained whims of the public.

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A Computer Has Reportedly Passed The Turing Test For The First Time
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A Computer Has Reportedly Passed The Turing Test For The First Time

MICHAEL B. KELLEY
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June 9, 2014



A computer program named “Eugene Goostman” has convinced a third of human judges into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the Turing test, Hannah Furness of The Telegraph reports.

Computer science pioneer and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing created the test in 1950 in a paper which opens with the words: “I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?’”

He argued that if a machine dupes 30% of human participants during a series of chats, then it is exhibiting intelligent behavior that is indistinguishable from that of a human. Passed that threshold, according to Turing, the idea of a ”thinking machine” would no longer be contradictory.

Here is the standard interpretation of the Turing Test, in which the interrogator (Player C) is tasked with trying to determine which player – A or B – is a computer and which is a human based on responses to written questions.

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Get ready, robots are going to steal your job
« Reply #193 on: June 12, 2014, 06:11:29 pm »
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Get ready, robots are going to steal your job

Federico Pistono, founder and CEO of Esplori
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June 09, 2014



Are robots stealing our jobs? Is human labor destined to become obsolete? This is a scary topic that has been debated for more than 100 years. Economists even created a term for this—the Luddite Fallacy—referring to the 19th-century English textile artisans who protested against newly developed labor-saving machinery. But fast-forward to today and you can see a startling trend emerging. Almost unnoticed, computer power is growing exponentially, and it is advancing efforts to mechanize the labor force.

Conventional economic theory suggests that for every job displaced by technology, new jobs and new sectors are created. Historically, this has been true. When we moved out of the farms, we started working in factories, and when human-powered factories became mechanized, we invented the service sector. We adjusted. But today "technological unemployment," the term used to describe machines, robots and algorithms replacing human labor for good, is starting to feel less like a far-fetched idea and more like reality, and it has its roots in the exponential nature of technology.

Computer speed (per unit cost) doubled every three years between 1910 and 1950, doubled every two years between 1950 and 1966 and is now doubling every year. What used to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and took up entire building now sits in the palm of your hand and costs a hundred dollars or less, and it all happened in a few decades. In fact, chances are that you are using such technological marvel to read this very article.

This exponential nature of the growth of technology has ramifications far beyond mere computer speed. Entire fields are beings revolutionized. Here are some examples:

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Google to start selling humanoid robot
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Google to start selling humanoid robot

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Google is to start selling a humanoid robot which can walk, climb, use tools and even drive a car.

Called Schaft, the robot was developed by a Japanese firm bought by Google.

It recently won a military ‘robo-olympics’ – but Google has revealed the machine is being pulled from future rounds of the contest so it can be developed into the firm’s first commercial robot.

Schaft’s 1.48m (4ft 11in) tall, two-legged robot entered the contest the favourite and lived up to its reputation.

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These 3D-Printed Bio-Bots Are Powered By Real Muscle Cells
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These 3D-Printed Bio-Bots Are Powered By Real Muscle Cells
July 1, 2014

How could you build an artificial joint that can do work on its own, but doesn't require a tethered power source? Researchers have found a potential answer by 3D printing a skeleton that they later grew mouse muscle on. The muscle actually moves, and is powered by electrical impulses, just like the muscles inside you and me.

The biologically powered robot—known as bio-bot—has a hydrogel skeleton composed of a flexible connecting beam and two protruding poles. Cells are grown in between these two poles, as demonstrated in a new study published in PNAS.

The researchers used skeletal muscle cells for an extra robust muscle strip. They also optimized the flexibility of the 3D printed skeleton's beam by changing its porousness.

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Associated Press to Deploy “Robot Reporters”
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Associated Press to Deploy “Robot Reporters”

Software automates short stories for the AP in roughly the same amount of time it would take human reporters to write

Kit Daniels
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July 2, 2014

The Associated Press has announced it will begin using automation technology to write business news reports, a development which likely foreshadows a future mainstream media dominated by computer “reporters.”


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The AP recently said that data provided by Zachs Investment Research will be funneled into software developed by Automated Insights which will then automate short stories for the AP in roughly the same amount of time it would take its human reporters to write.

“…Instead of providing 300 stories manually, we can provide up to 4,400 automatically for companies throughout the United States each quarter,” said Lou Ferrara, an AP managing editor.

The wire news service also claimed the automation will not eliminate jobs.

“This is about using technology to free journalists to do more journalism and less data processing, not about eliminating jobs,” Ferrara continued. “In fact, most of the staff has been receptive to the effort and involved for the past few months of discussion.”

But a computer science professor predicted that by 2030, 90% of all mainstream news stories will be written by automation technology.

“This is possible because some kinds of reporting are formulaic,” wrote Jason Dorrier with the Singularity Hub. “You take a publicly available source, crunch it down to the highlights, and translate it for readers using a few boiler plate connectors.”

Considering that mainstream reporters are already formulaically regurgitating government talking points without question, it should come as no surprise that establishment outlets want to make the final – and practically simple – push towards using real robots for “reporting.”

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Slaves No Longer Needed, 10,000 Chinese robots to build new iPhone 6
« Reply #197 on: July 14, 2014, 07:29:46 pm »
The worst kept secret of Apple and its Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn isn't their poor labor conditions. It isn't even the fact that they use robots to help bring together all the pieces that make up an iPhone. It's that their robots are now performing more and more human-like functions.

In the past, it's always been people that put the finishing touches on the popular devices. Well, that's all about to change.

Foxconn parent company Hon Hai is set to deploy an army of 10,000 assembly-line robots to help meet the demands of producing the highly anticipated iPhone 6. Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou revealed in a recent shareholder meeting that Apple would be the very first customer of Foxconn's latest robots.

"Robots are going to enhance and speed up the manufacturing process," said Tim Bajarin, CEO of market research firm Creative Strategies. "The really big issue here is that the demand for the iPhone continues to grow. It's grown every quarter since it came out."

From a business standpoint, it makes sense. "When you are dealing with creating millions of smart phones per month, efficiency is critical," said Bajarin in an interview. "Robotics gives you that level of efficiency, which in the end, is very important for the bottom line."

Throughout its various factories in China, Foxconn employs more than 1.2 million workers. They have reportedly hired an additional 100,000 workers in China — yes, human ones, to work alongside the robots.

"I wouldn't be surprised if sometime in the next five years, robots will even take care of the final touches," said Bajarin.

Some analysts see this trend toward robotics transforming labor markets globally. Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Robotic Nation, says the push towards automation is happening much faster than people realize. "Within a couple of decades," said Brain in an interview, "there won't be a single job that robots can't do better than humans."

But phasing out human labor altogether is easier said than done. Foxconn's original commitment to implement one million robots by 2014 has hit its fair share of roadblocks. By 2011, the company had reportedly rolled out 10,000 robots to work in their Jincheng, Shanxi Province factory, but several production line workers complained that the machines were incapable of doing the most basic human tasks.

Known as "Foxbots," the machines were part of a larger effort to help offset increasing labor costs. Hon Hai's 2013 financial report stated, in part, "To remain cost competitive, we have been continuously controlling manufacturing overhead to attain better operating leverage and improving efficiency and yield rate through automation using robot arms and industrial engineering methods like production cell management."

The shift to automation will undoubtedly lead to substantial productivity gains for companies, but as that happens, jobs will be increasingly at risk.

"We have been dealing with robots on manufacturing lines for almost 50 years, said Bajarin. "The fact that they are getting faster, smarter, and able to do more intricate tasks is a concern in the sense — as it was 50 years ago — that it impacts job creation."

Larry Summers, former U.S. Treasury secretary during the Clinton Administration and former head of Obama's National Economic Council, predicts technology will have a profound effect on the average employee. "We are seeing less and less opportunity for what average people — people lacking in certain skills — are going to be able to do," said Summers in May at the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism.

"It is not true that innovation always makes more employment…There is nothing in the logic of the market or human experience to suggest that it must necessarily be so that there will be jobs for all at acceptable wages, no matter how technology evolves."

Job-killing technology is hardly new. From 2000 to 2010, over a million secretary jobs were eliminated from the U.S. labor market as answering machines and computers replaced them at lower costs. But robots could put the trend into overdrive. Now, people may not have to worry about their job going to someone overseas, but to something right down the street.

"Right now, there's a big process of automating all of the warehouses in the United States. It used to be you had people running around picking stuff out of warehouses and putting them in warehouses," said Brain in an interview. "That whole process is going to be pretty much completely automated within the next couple of years. No one really pays attention to it because warehouses aren't in places we normally go. But that's going to happen."

Producing some of Apple's products is already an almost completely automated system. In 2013, the company began producing its Mac Pro at the Flextronics Americas factory in Northwest Austin. They may get to engrave "Made in USA" on their products, but some argue it does more harm than good. "It's located in Texas, which makes everybody feel good," said Brain, "but it's not providing any jobs."

It makes geography, and the debate about outsourcing jobs, almost entirely insignificant. "If robots are taking more and more of the manufacturing jobs," said Bajarin, "it actually doesn't matter whether it's here or in Asia."

Brain predicts the trend is heading in this direction globally — and beyond low-skill factory work.

Indeed, Foxconn isn't just in the business of putting labels on chicken soup cans. They recently manufactured a robot in Japan that might serve as more of a companion at home than as a coworker on the assembly line. Designed by French robotics company Aldebaran, it's a semi-humanoid robot named "Pepper," who is reportedly equipped with some social skills, too. In a twist worthy of the movie She, where a man falls in love with a computer generated "friend," Pepper has an "emotion engine" that can reportedly understand human emotion, interpret it, and react accordingly.

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank commissioned the construction of Pepper, and plans to sell what they refer to as "the newest member of the SoftBank crew" in Japan next February. The price tag for your newest 1.2 meter tall little friend? Just under $2,000.

SoftBank was built on the philosophy of 'Information Revolution – Happiness for everyone.' "To realize our vision," said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son in a statement, "We have made a new entry into the robot business with the aim of developing affectionate robots that make people smile."

Of course, many doubt workers will be smiling when those robots take their jobs.

http://theweek.com/article/index/264652/introducing-the-iphone-6-made-in-china-by-a-robot
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Offline Highland

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Re: Slaves No Longer Needed, 10,000 Chinese robots to build new iPhone 6
« Reply #198 on: July 14, 2014, 10:23:43 pm »
Perhaps they could put down the walkie talkie for a few moments and think about building some robots that can pull weeds etc. No more dead bees, bad well water or dead zone in the gulf from toxic run off.

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Re: Slaves No Longer Needed, 10,000 Chinese robots to build new iPhone 6
« Reply #199 on: July 15, 2014, 03:09:10 am »
Hard to believe we don't have a master plan to deal with the loss of jobs to automation.

Instead people focus on the world cup and praise the technocracy.

The dehumanization of humans seems to go hand in foot with the evolution of technology.
"Thanks to technological progress,
Big Brother can now be almost as omnipresent as God."

- Aldous Huxley