Late last year I posted an article about a 6ft, 330lbs robot that was built to save us. It was to partake in the DARPA trials in December, along with several other robots. The article, based off of some info I found on Reddit, covered my views of how easily the DARPA Trials could be a front for more sinister means. The trials would include several tasks for the robots to complete including navigating deteriorated landscapes, entering buildings, and driving vehicles. This was to simulate situations that a robot may encounter during a rescue mission. However, once you add a gun into the situation, the robot could be come combat ready, where these tasks would also come in handy.
Ok, maybe its just me, and the fact I have watched to many movies and TV shows where creating a robot, in some way or another, ends in our destruction.
I came across this post on Reddit Yesterday which links to an article on Wired entitled “This 6-Foot, 330-Pound Robot May One Day Save Your Life“. My brain automatically started referring to BattleStar Galactica, mainly for the fact I am only now watching the series (10 years too late, I know). Then the though of movies like Terminator, i Robot, and The Matrix (Thx to robotsongs for bringing up it up as I forgot to mention it). The basic plot line of these movies, and pretty much every robot in movies is portrayed, is this: Man builds robot, man gives robot artificial intelligence, robot misinterprets / ignores / over writes / twists the 3 Laws of Robotics:
Yup, you read the title right, there is a Patron Saint of computers as well as computer users, computer programmers, and the Internet. His name is Saint Isidore of Seville. I only bring it up because I was doing some work for a patron of the Library, creating cards with “A Prayer to Our Blessed Mother”, it got me thinking, who watches over me, a Computer Geek.
So my phone updated to 4.3 the other day, didn’t notice much of a change except for the fact my phone was no longer rooted. This was a bit of a pain as quite a few of my apps require root. Take for instance Hola, a program used to fool the internet into believing you come from a different IP so that you can unlock sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Space. Hola, in order to function the way it is supposed to needs root access. Now some can argue that you don’t need root and can use the VPN method of connecting, well if you had ever tried the rooted way, you would know why VPN isn’t the best way to go.
Now before you get all upset I am not talking about the American People, I know quite a few Americans and in general they are pretty nice people. No, I am talking about the idiots in power. Now again, before you start bitching, I am not talking about the President either (Ok, some of them have been pretty out there [cough]Bush[cough]), I am talking about those with the real power… the brainiacs (said sarcastically) in charge of the military.