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Thursday, November 29, 2012

When the Metal Ones Decide To Come For You... And They Will...

Posted by on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

We needn't fear: scientists are studying the risk of a robot uprising. Cambridge philosophy professor Huw Price explains how The Cambridge Project for Existential Risk aims to assess the threat:

"It tends to be regarded as a flakey concern, but given that we don't know how serious the risks are, that we don't know the time scale, dismissing the concerns is dangerous. What we're trying to do is to push it forward in the respectable scientific community," he said.

While Price said the exact nature of the risks is difficult to predict, he said that advanced technology could be a threat when computers start to direct resources towards their own goals, at the expense of human concerns like environmental sustainability.

Read more about the project on their website, and in the meantime you might want to start preparing for the inevitable.

 

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@9 http://lesswrong.com/lw/ld/the_hidden_co…

The only way this could happen is if we fail to solve the wish problem.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on November 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 11
*points at treacle @10*

There he is masters! Get him!

*collects extra ration of gruel*
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
treacle 10
No, they won't.

Anyone welcoming "new robotic overlords" now should be considered capitulators and traitors, and should be exterminated tout de suite!
Posted by treacle on November 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
sloegin 9
The only way this could come about is if misanthropic coders wrote their programming. Nope, don't see THAT happening.
Posted by sloegin on November 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
@7 except, and I know this from personal experience, none of the robots have the 7 laws embedded in them.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
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The laws of Robotics ensure none of this will happen. Duh.
Posted by Foonken2 on November 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM · Report this
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> when computers start to direct resources towards their own goals, at the expense of human concerns like environmental sustainability.

By that definition, humans have already been more of a threat than robots could ever hope to be.
Posted by K on November 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
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'[...]advanced technology could be a threat when computers start to direct resources towards their own goals, at the expense of human concerns like environmental sustainability.'

Can the Kochs pass the Turing test?

Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime!
Posted by Gerald Fnord on November 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 4
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 3
On a similar note, god bless you Google, for giving me exactly what I wanted when I typed in "bad movie, sentient jets."
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 2
When they grab you in their cold metal claws, you won't be able to escape. Because they are strong. And made of metal.

@1: Actually, that was a movie, and it was a stealth plane:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stealth_(fi…
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1
A predator drone could go berzerk.

The future is now.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on November 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM · Report this

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