Robots: 50, Humans: 50
fear the robots? It seems we only have
a 50-50 chance against future robots according to Sir Martin Rees
and his book
Our Final Hour. In fact, there are many that agree that
robots will someday get us. I guess such future-shock doomsday
super robots will wipe out mankind and the fact, as the previous
article noted, that
chimps may be more human
than we thought, we may really be headed to the
Planet of the Apes.
I fear that here are some more future shock robot articles:
Popular Science: Our Final Hour,
creates a royal stir in Britain,
Voice: Gait Watchers,
Time: The Dark Side of Science,
Tech Central Station: Doomsday
Live: Rooting for the robot,
Marion Star: Back to the future,
Older Robots.net articles:
Tomorrow's War Will be
AI Priests and Killer
Where's my cut?, posted 28 May 2003 at 01:48 UTC by pauld2 »
When I hear that there's this kind of money involved;
"... $50 million project called "Human ID at a Distance," which counts
gait surveillance among its primary goals."
I have to ask the question ... where's mine? I have just opened up a
brand new line of research that I feel will assist in identifying
humans. It is based on the "lines in the tongue." I'm still trying to
figure out how to get each person to stick their tongue out, but for a
few million or so, this should work.
the human gait ... the tongue ... what's next?
gait surveillance, posted 28 May 2003 at 03:08 UTC by steve »
Hmmm... it may be time to get out the old Monty Python DVDs and review
the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch.
I bracket all these people into a category which I call "millenial
doomsters". There are always people who claim that the end is nigh,
and its usually because they're afraid of change or technology.
To the people who say civilisation only has a 50-50 chance of surviving
as it is today I would say of course it won't survive. I'm sure that
life in 100 years time will be very different from what it is now, just
as life in previous centuries was different from today.
The idea of gait recognition has been around for a long time, and it
could be revived as the latest in a series of paranoia-driven money
spinners for security consultants. There really does seem to be an
obsession with technology designed to spy on people at the moment, and
I get endless emails from people asking about my face detection
We'll all be living happily together.
In the future we'll all need each other. Somebody has to carry the
computer up the stairs. :)
Anyway, it'll be really neat to have computer implants that can let
you "visualize" information, without needing an external computer
Or do any typing. We'd just silently think about it or subvocalize.
Heck even the cell phones and PDA's would all be included. There's a
change, no more cell phones. It's all in our heads.
Plus we won't have to worry much about hackers and viruses as they'd be
easily tracked by the system. You get caught, you get unplugged.
Of course it does bring up the classic problem with a class society,
those with computers and those without.