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July 29, 2009

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Must have left the mode switch on "kill all humans" in addition to forgetting to power it down.

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Off topic:

HS, I posted about your high school. Turns out the Fundamental Constant of Sociology applies for the admissions test (shocking).

http://onestdv.blogspot.com/2009/07/fundamental-constant-of-sociology-and.html

I hope you realize that this "robot" doesn't walk around and didn't actually "attack" anyone; it's a gizmo to move rocks, like a fancy power shovel or backhoe. The guy forgot to turn off the power.

http://www.roboticstrends.com/industrial_automation/article/swedish_factory_fined_after_robot_grabs_workers_head

If it is, then it less cool than advertised.

Oh God! The Robot doesn't have a mind of its own, it simply performs the same task over and over again. Lock-out-tag-out procedures are followed for a reason. You power down any machine before working on it or it might have a photo-eye-broken, telling the machine to perform its task while you are in the way. If it has a mechanical arm that grabs something in area x and moves it to area y where it is stamped/fastened/pressed/cut, then it will grab YOU and move YOU from area x where it will move YOU to area y and stamp/fasten/press/cut YOU.

Since so few people have actual experience with these technical things (most people work with data entry, paper, or other people now), few have any idea of what we are talking about when "robots" are discussed. The robot doesn't have eyes and ears and can't talk or anything. Damn

The robot doesn't have eyes and ears and can't talk or anything. Damn

Maybe............or maybe that's just what the robots want you to think.......It's hard...........to post a comment that dumb.

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Some people don't get that I was being facetious. "

Oh Sigma (and you too Rob), I do very much get that YOU were being facetious, but the original Drudgereport-linked article was not written to be recieved facetiously.........and Im sure luddite-liberals took it quite straight: robots bad. No, robots good, and they will allow us to do away with much manual labor in the future, hopefully both indoors and out.
I have a hell of a lot more respect for you intelligence than to think you'd drink that kool-aid Sigma.

Geez, didn't any of you ever read as a kid? Isaac Asimov has already, long since, documented what to do about rogue robots.

The 3 Laws of Robotics, as worked out by Robopsychologist Susan Calvin at U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, are:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law

OBVIOUSLY there was something wrong with this robot's positronic brain pathways.
Sheesh.

Is this the Revolution?

http://www.businessinsider.com/when-workers-attack-2009-7#steel-workers-murder-boss-1

There really hasn't been that much social unrest here in the states, but what's going to happen when all of the unemployment benefits run out? Anybody know who the modern day Karl Marx is?

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