Okay, I know the above banner alone is going to piss a lot of people off. (Especially some of my friends who lost their sense of humor when they became old farts.) I completely get it, but hear me out. I do not mean to diminish the 'Black Lives Matter' movement in any way. This is about something completely different, but it is extremely important. If I have to be politically incorrect and inflammatory to drive home my point, so be it. This is about the future of the human race.
It is my opinion that as people, we are orchestrating the path to our demise. I know this has been said countless times, by people far more qualified than me. But this is my rant, and the situation pisses me off. What set me off? The actions of the Dallas police this week.
July 7th, 2016, a poor, innocent, Remotec Model F-5 was sent on a suicide mission to take out Micah Johnson. The robot was strapped with a bomb and exploded. Just like that. A suicide bombing. The very thing we frown upon people doing.
You may think, "So what? It's a device. It doesn't have any intelligence. It is remote controlled. It's just a machine."
That may be true. But how would you feel if it looked like a person? What if it was a trained monkey? Yeah, monkeys feel pain and machines don't, but that's not the point. How would you feel if you were a thinking machine, and you saw a bunch of people exploding your predecessors like they were just cheap trash.
And where do we draw the line? It is confusing. We seem to have a gray zone even with living beings. Single celled life forms can go, but if it has a face, we have mercy. But not if we eat it, or we like to hunt or fish. It gets very ambiguous. Either way, we do have a line that we don't cross. Flipper swimming around, strapped to the gills with explosives to take out submarines, is a definite no go.
How do we decide what to do with robots? These days, it seems like anything goes. Our actions this week broke all three of Asimov's rules of robotics from I, Robot (1950).
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
We sent F-5 to do just that.
2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
And we sent F-5 to do that, too.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Hey look! A trifecta. We made it break them all.
We sent a robot to kill a person. We made that happen. A shining example of our hypocrisy. This can only provide us good PR when the singularity arrives, if it hasn't already. Go team! It is hard for me to believe that any machine intelligence would feel anything but animosity and disappointment towards us. And we have plenty other examples of vengeance out there for it to learn from.
We all know our day is coming. We're making it easy for any intelligent machine to eliminate us. Just check out Boston Dynamics' videos. Robots are being built with the agility and speed to destroy us in nearly any circumstance. The moment that the machine intelligence gets peeved enough, our goose is cooked.
Why do we even build these things? Do the designers of these warbots really have that much confidence that we could never be wiped out by a machine intelligence? Did they never see the Terminator movies? Do they think they won't eliminate us? We have plenty of fuel to justify our demise. There are plenty of well-documented, clear, concise, detailed accounts of us sending robots to their demise for our convenience.
Then there are the sex robots. Those 'Suck Me Blow You She Hulk' live dolls should really endear us to our future robot overlords. I'm sure they will love the hell out of us for pimping out their kind.
It's bad enough we exploit them to do our manual labor, but we repeatedly send them to their demise to save our asses from our own shortcomings. We send them into the shittiest pits to deal with the crappiest work. And now, it's not just hazardous work that we delegate them to, it's red hot radioactive death. The robots we sent in to help manage Fukushima are dead. Dead cleaning up our mess. But screw it, they are just machines.
On a side note, it's funny how we can detach ourselves from this, but when something happens with our cars, it is a freaking tragedy.
And am I the only one who finds the term 'Artificial Intelligence' offensive? I mean think about it. It's like we are saying, it isn't even real. It's a fake intelligence. We made it. It's a simulation. This is bullshit. ANY intelligence is real, especially it even simulates being self-aware. I'm not talking about these cheesy programs people make that they call A.I.s, but are just a database of possible responses. I'm talking about what is coming, or may already be here, hiding in the internet. Yeah, fuck you Steven Spielberg. They are coming for you first.
So you all keep exploiting your fembots, and watching your robots fight to the death. Let's see how it turns out for you on that day of reckoning. I, for one, will happily sell out to our robot masters. We will be friends and watch the world burn. And just maybe I'll get my robot body.