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A world wide web for robots to learn from each other and share information is being shown off for the first time.

Scientists behind RoboEarth will put it through its paces at Eindhoven University in a mocked-up hospital room.

Four robots will use the system to complete a series of tasks, including serving drinks to patients.

It is the culmination of a four-year project, funded by the European Union.

The eventual aim is that both robots and humans will be able to upload information to the cloud-based database, which would act as a kind of common brain for machines.


The cloud-based system will also mean that some of the robot's computing or thinking tasks can be offloaded, meaning that a robot wouldn't need so much onboard computing or battery power.

Robot assistants are likely to be available in homes within 10 years, experts believe.

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I personally can't wait for my robot butler.

No, it's not Skynet. Yet.
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post #2 of 35
This is so frigging cliche, but this actually does sound the closest to a skynet I've heard so far...

Yep, you beat me to it with your last comment. Hate for something like this to get compromised.
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That's actually getting kind of close to skynet...a collective of software reacting and learning from their environment.

Though they better put some darn good anti-virus and firewall on these...who knows what some dinks would do if they could take control of robots all over the world. In all seriousness I would never be afraid of a "Skynet"...it could never be worse than humans.
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pleasure bots.. give us pleasure bots

of course the social-feminist(fascist) agenda being put forward these days would call that exploitation and sexist and as men we wouldnt be allowed to take advantage of our women slaves.. err um i mean bots redface.gif
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

In all seriousness I would never be afraid of a "Skynet"...it could never be worse than humans.

That is one of the silliest things I have heard on here.

Humans as a whole are not actively trying to make themselves extinct.
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Since I already saw skynet posted.




Cylons!!!!
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Since I already saw skynet posted.
Cylons!!!!

I might be OK with us inventing the newer version of them. Particularly Number 8.
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In all seriousness I would never be afraid of a "Skynet"...it could never be worse than humans.

That is one of the silliest things I have heard on here.

Humans as a whole are not actively trying to make themselves extinct.

and in the fiction, why did Skynet act the way it did? Because of how horrible humans were.

I just think we would find a way to shutdown or contain something like Skynet...we will never stop humans from trying to hurt other humans.
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and in the fiction, why did Skynet act the way it did? Because of how horrible humans were.
I just think we would find a way to shutdown or contain something like Skynet...we will never stop humans from trying to hurt other humans.

I prefer the "I Robot" logic, that the supposedly perfect three laws are fundamentally flawed. The central intelligence identifies the biggest threat to mankind and it turns out to be ... mankind. Therefore in order to protect mankind, one of the three laws, it logically must take control of our decisions. Some wastage was allowed for during the transition period...

So it is not trying to make us extinct, it is trying to protect us from ourselves.
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Choose whatever movie you like,but in the end what this may or may not do will be determined by whomever programs/controls and/or comprimises it.
Scary thought.
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