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Noted Brit media prof Noel Sharkey - perhaps most famous as a judge on TV's Robot Wars - has warned (again) of the coming danger to humanity posed by killer robots. But this time, rather than military deathdroids or homicidal mechanoid nurses (see below), Sharkey is flagging up the threat from killbots directed by sinister militants or guerillas.

Yes, you read that right: the ATTACK OF THE ROBOT TERRORISTS is imminent! Flee, oh flee for your lives while you still can!

According to a Reuters report, Sharkey - whose day job is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at Sheffield Uni - will deliver his latest robopocalypse warning to a military thinktank tonight.
Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02...ot_terrorists/


I always thought that Noel Sharkey looked like a nutjob
    
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all this is, is a scare tactic...

People don't understand that if you treat beings with higher levels of intelligence, regardless of where they come from with respect, you will most likely get similar respect in return...

In this case, it is stated that "the imminent robot attack" will come from people controlling them on the other side...

This is still a case of ignorant people attacking people. No AI seems to play a roll here, so the whole evil robot scenario doesn't apply here.
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wait for the skynet comments lol
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There is economics to consider as well as technical prowess. It's easier for them to convince some jihadist to strap on a bomb than it is to build a dang robot...get real.
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Originally Posted by JoBlo69 View Post
In this case, it is stated that "the imminent robot attack" will come from people controlling them on the other side...

This is still a case of ignorant people attacking people. No AI seems to play a roll here, so the whole evil robot scenario doesn't apply here.
Agreed. When somebody's on the other end, a "robot terrorist" is simply a gun with maneuverability.

And with respect to CD, as he mentioned the economics, I can see assembly line workers getting replaced with these things before terrorist do. People only become interested in technology when it makes them money.
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There is economics to consider as well as technical prowess. It's easier for them to convince some jihadist to strap on a bomb than it is to build a dang robot...get real.
That is a very sad fact don't you think?
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Originally Posted by C-bro View Post
People only become interested in technology when it makes them money.
then why are we all so interested in computers? it`s costing us all loads of money
( just had to say that )
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Yeah, this is a little bit out there. Yes it's true that there is a possibility of terrorists using remote controlled vehicles or small, bombsquad type, robots to manuever explosives into place etc., but this is no worse than what our US military is doing, there have already been remote controlled robots that have fired shots and killed insurgents. The only risk we have of terrorists using robots is if they capture one of ours that we're already using to kill them.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by C-bro View Post
People only become interested in technology when it makes them money.

Or when it makes a big boom/pretty image of a big boom...lol

If it wasn't for people being interested in technology, wars would still be fought with hand-to-hand combat...not multi-billion dollar fleets of jet aircraft, raeptanks and other assorted gidgits...even the gun is technology, someone had to think "What would happen if I closed off part of a tube, stuck a bomb in there, then a rock, then blew the bomb?", try it and find out that this thing is quite useful for causing damage...
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That is a very sad fact don't you think?
Well, all he's saying is that it's, morals aside, easier to do that.
What is more simple: planting a C4 to blow something up, or building a robot to plant a C4 to blow something up?
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