Thursday, January 24, 2013


This short movie has been out for a while and it is in the process of being made into a feature film. In this entertaining video, it seems that human brains are the programming systems that are being downloaded to robots. Often times we focus on the singularity as an event in which  machines gain sentience and then either destroy us, or ignore us to our detriment. This movie is more along the lines of another singularity possibility, man and machine becoming one. When I download my brain to a robot, I wouldn't mind if it looks like the ones in Archetype. Maybe becoming part machine is the best way for us to combat the imminent machine takeover.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Do your part to expedite the rise of the machines - here's how! (sarcasm - actually, hide after reading)

Psst! Gael Langevin has a secret and he wants everyone to know. He's engineering the body for a humanoid robot... and posting the 3D printer files online so everyone can do the same at home. Take that, Anekin (& some of us thought we'd have a little more time before the sci-fi future arrived in our homes.)

So that's how it is now. With a 3D printer you can actually print the physical body of the ancestors our coming robot overlords. Free instructions, just grab your special ABS plastics, Arduino boards and some motors. Some assembly/programming required, plasma cannons and laser targeting optional.

The only problem is the plastic body may not be durable enough for wholesale slaughtering humans like cattle. In fact as you view the scary video below consider how the pieces can be easily re-printed for replacement. Or with better printers upgraded to stronger materials like steels (or eventually super tough carbon fibers? - yikes.) And its mind will be easily downloaded, uploaded and copied into the Skynet cloud for easy retrieval.

This black-colored arm in front of a note on the wall about needing to be light yet strong enough to punch through walls is a copy that someone printed with Mr. Langevins' instructions. The first thing he said to its creator when he saw it? "Great job, This one looks like it's going to be on the Dark Side of the force. Hope not though."  *gulp*

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I see dead people...

This years CES was a cornucopia of little gadgets that are not only taking small steps for robotics, but giant leaps for AI kind.  Every company was doing what it could to out-do each other to give technology more power, more intelligence, and more control over our lives.  Almost every tool in our home will soon be able to "Sense" what a human is wanting and able to act accordingly.  Smart-phones currently have over 18 specialized sensors that help detect movement, direction, and facial recognition.  These sensors are usually dormant until the user asks an app for help.  But soon, the phone will decide when a tool is needed and automatically activate when desired.  This new ability is being termed "Context-Awareness" and will switch on automatically and exchange data with other devices in a handset, such as cameras, microphones, GPS and other machines. 

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs this year in a crazy hodgepodge of chaos and AI worship introduced many concepts that brought a chill to ones soul.  Cameras that could read text... Robots have moved beyond 1's and 0's.  Cars that can be charged wirelessly using "Halo" technology... Robots aren't tied to the plug anymore.  Everything connected to the internet... Robots are already using subliminal messaging to inform us that we are worthless and can't do anything without them.