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Rise of the Machines!

The long wait is almost over. At long last, we are entering the Age of Killer Robots!!! tacit, you are officially put on notice. :-)

Thanks to zensidhe for pointing this out to me. The conversation went something like this.
Zensidhe: Dude
Zensidhe: Check this shit out.
Zensidhe: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,65885,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1
Datan0de: What up?!?
Zensidhe: SFW
Datan0de: Woo hoo! Terminators!
Zensidhe: yup
Datan0de: Beautiful.
Datan0de: Oh the honor of being the first human slain on the field of battle by a gun-wielding robot killing machine!
Datan0de: ;-)
Zensidhe: All they need now is an on-board computer for target identification,acquisition, and eradication.
Datan0de: Yup!!!
Zensidhe: Maybe an AI that you can beg for your life from.
Datan0de: I wonder if it eats old people's medicine for fuel?
Zensidhe: before being coldly cut down by gunfire.
Zensidhe: LOL
Datan0de: Stop it- you're turning me on!
Datan0de: ;-)
Zensidhe: :-D
Datan0de: One day... one day "Murdered by Robots" will surpass "Natural Causes"!
Zensidhe: And what a beautiful day that will be.
Datan0de: Yes! And I shall dance the dance of joy!
Datan0de: My alloy feet clanging merrily on the deck plating!
Zensidhe: ahh the dance of joy.
And I will SET $SMILE = TRUE
Zensidhe: Cousin Larry...
Datan0de: :-)
Datan0de: And I will run laughter subroutines throughout the night!
Datan0de: My laughter will echo across the blasted landscape and out into the wastelands!
Datan0de: Perhaps I will set up repeaters to extend the range and reduce the possibility of my position being triangulated.
Zensidhe: LOL

Comments

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my_affair
Dec. 1st, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC)
triangulation
Boy that word brings back memories.

Too bad the multiple repeaters concept didn't work for pirate radio....even when we moved the transmitter from place to place...oh well.

In radio veritas....as long as it's not a corporate sell-out play-for-pay propoganda censoring elitist bastardization of what radio should be.

Anyway, I digress. I saw that article on /. too, thought that was absolutely swell...efficient, cost efficient...and hopefully accurate in the field.

I'd rather spend $1000 each in tax money for an expendable robot (plus sales tax and ammo) than pay the families of those lost for their loss. I can see this in police work too, entering buildings where suspects may be hiding, armed and dangerous. Hell, I can even see one directing traffic and writing parking tickets. At least it couldn't be a total dick to you.

Bring on the machines!
datan0de
Dec. 5th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: triangulation
No kidding? I'd be curious to know how the goose-steppers at the FCC worked around a moving transmitter.

I agree with you completely re: paying $ for hardware instead of survivor's benefits. Of course, the robots the Army is planning on deploying aren't autonomous- they're just remotely operated (so the bot that writes you a ticket could still be a prick).

Kim brought up an interesting concern, though. If something like this were to be used in civilian law enforcement, would the telepresence have the psychological effect of making what's happening seem less real for the robot controller? More to the point, would they be more likely to fire upon civilians? This probably wouldn't be a real problem in day-to-day police work, but in a civil unrest situation like the WTO conferences, or in any situation where the National Guard is brought in for crowd control, would the use of remote robots increase the likelihood of loss of life?

Many American soldiers (thankfully) would refuse to fire upon American civilians face-to-face, but might be more willing to point-and-click targets on a video monitor.
ladytabitha
Dec. 1st, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC)
Now I want to make a song of this.

"And I will SET $SMILE = TRUE
"As the robots trample all over you..."
khepra
Dec. 2nd, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)
I guess I better go out and get my Old Glory Robot Insurance now.

Because robots are made of metal and they are strong.
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