Skynet Goes Online in 3 … 2 …

There is absolutely no question about it: battlefield robots and drones save lives. That’s crucial. At the same time, however, they can also take lives, and here we get into a morally muddy issue. Our government is just fine with drone assassinations of US citizens, without due process or even a presentation of the evidence. [Read More...]

Automata in the Modern Age

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The early machines featured in this story are things of beauty, imagination, and elegance. The novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, along with the film version by Martin Scorsese, has renewed interest in the mysterious and captivating creations known as automata: mechanical people made long before the computer age. BBC has a nice 5 minute [Read More...]

Not Every Job is Made Better by Robots

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F’rinstance: South Korean prison guard. And this is necessary because … CCTV is too efficient and cost effective and doesn’t involve cool proto-Daleks? Now, if Robo-Guard wandered up and down gen-pop shouting “EX-TER-MI-NATE!” randomly, then I might be able to get behind this. This article at Phys.org appears to have an accurate read on this. It’s not [Read More...]

A Drawing Machine Drawing Drawing Machines

Very meta. by Pablo Garcia. More here. [Read more...]


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