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  1. Jan 2024
    1. How soon could such an intelligent robot be built? The coming ad-vances in computing power seem to make it possible by 2030.

      In 2000, Bill Joy predicted that advances in computing would allow an intelligent robot to be built by 2030.

    2. Uncontrolledself-replication in these newer technologies runs a much greater risk: arisk of substantial damage in the physical world.

      As a case in point, the self-replication of misinformation on social media networks has become a substantial physical risk in the early 21st century causing not only swings in elections, but riots, take overs, swings in the stock market (GameStop short squeeze January 2021), and mob killings. It is incredibly difficult to create risk assessments for these sorts of future harms.

      In biology, we see major damage to a wide variety of species as the result of uncontrolled self-replication. We call it cancer.

      We also see programmed processes in biological settings including apoptosis and necrosis as means of avoiding major harms. What might these look like with respect to artificial intelligence?

    3. Moravec’s view is that the robots will eventually suc-ceed us—that humans clearly face extinction.

      Joy contends that one of Hans Moravec's views in his book Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind is that robots will push the human species into extinction in much the same way that early North American placental species eliminated the South American marsupials.

  2. Sep 2023
    1. R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots, drama in three acts by Karel Čapek, published in 1920 and performed in 1921. This cautionary play, for which Čapek invented the word robot (derived from the Czech word for forced labour), involves a scientist named Rossum who discovers the secret of creating humanlike machines. He establishes a factory to produce and distribute these mechanisms worldwide. Another scientist decides to make the robots more human, which he does by gradually adding such traits as the capacity to feel pain. Years later, the robots, who were created to serve humans, have come to dominate them completely.
  3. Jul 2023
  4. May 2023
    1. Kate Darling wrote a great book called The New Breed where she argues we should think of robots as animals – as a companion species who compliments our skills. I think this approach easily extends to language models.

      Kate Darling (MIT, Econ/Law from Uni Basel and ETH ZH) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Darling http://www.katedarling.org/ https://octodon.social/@grok

      antilibrary add [[The New Breed by Kate Darling]] 2021 https://libris.nl/boek?authortitle=kate-darling/the-new-breed--9781250296115#

      Vgl the 'alloys' in [[Meru by S.B. Divya]]

  5. Mar 2023
    1. I think it was a bad idea to tax robots, because why are taxing them, yes they can make everything, but to be honest while paying taxes is not something normal for humans why are we making robots to tax them

  6. May 2022
  7. Jun 2021
    1. For example, the Wikipedia article on Martin Luther King, Jr cites the book To Redeem the Soul of America, by Adam Fairclough. That citation now links directly to page 299 inside the digital version of the book provided by the Internet Archive. There are 66 cited and linked books on that article alone. 

      I'd love to have a commonplace book robot that would do this sort of linking process within it for me. In the meanwhile, I continue to plod along.

      This article was referenced today at [[I Annotate 2021]] by [[Mark Graham]].

  8. Mar 2021
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    1. closed chain
    2. slow

      Not only are these robots less rigid, they are heavy. Sometimes you have to slow them down because they shake the mount (often a cart). Also, the faster (and proportionally heavier) 5-6 axis robots are terrifying at full speed.

    3. You may have noticed that one of the questions above pertained to the robot’s safety for nearby humans. In some highly controlled environments, this may seem less important, but as robots interact more with humans, working collaboratively, it becomes paramount.
  10. Jun 2020
  11. Mar 2020
    1. These machines actually rely heavily on humans to be useful.

      This is a key point. Watching those impressive astounding videos about these robots we forget how much humans are behind that

  12. Jan 2020
  13. Oct 2019
    1. This being the City of Ryde, political vendettas are never far from the surface.

      That would have to include the vendetta that prompted the call to The Hasbeen, resulting in your misguided story drawing on incomplete facts and coverage dating back to 2014.

      Mental note: This is the type of story that will be perfect for robot journalists when The Hasbeen boosts its editorial quality by replacing its newsroom with robots.

  14. Apr 2019
    1. Boston Dynamics, a company whose main export appears to be unsettling videos of its robotic creations, has offered up one possible answer. Death sounds like 40 robot-dog legs, marching together in unison across a lifeless blacktop parking lot. 

      Future of transport after the zombie apocalypse?

  15. Jan 2019
    1. Robotic thirst quenchers: A 5G service robot serves free bottles of water to travelers at East Railway Station in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on the first day of the Spring Festival travel rush.


  16. Aug 2017
    1. Today, you’re either above the API or below the API. You either tell robots what to do, or are told by robots what to do.

      This is a great way to understand human relationship to automation. See also Vonnegut's Player Piano.

  17. Apr 2017
    1. For about $3,000 each, telepresence robots -- which look like iPads mounted on small Segway self-balancing, battery-powered machines -- are making distance learning easier, clearer and more realistic for online students at hundreds of colleges and universities.

      I think this is cool!

    1. Using 3-D cameras, it builds a picture of the crops, looking for individual plants under stress. Should the tower spot something awry, it dispatches Vinobot. The rover uses its robotic arm to create a detailed 3-D model of the plant, showing scientists the exact angles of leaves, for instance, to determine how different kinds of corn handle drought.

      Really interesting!

  18. Mar 2017
    1. how the world gasped when Boston Dynamics dropped a video of its newest bot, Handle, this week.

      this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

  19. Feb 2017
    1. Because the robot built a model of itself that was distinct from its real physical body, he suggested that its creators had – perhaps inadvertently – given it a sense of self.

      Interesting way to think about it.

    2. It was creepy: a four-legged metal crawler that could figure out how to limp if one of its legs was shortened.

      You have to start somewhere!