going on in cities all over the world, it’s no small wonder that movements like the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots are real things, championed by serious people. And when a weaponized Vicki kicks in my door and tears my spine out with her petite, possibly-flour-covered-from-cookie-baking-with-Joan hands, I’m sure I’ll regret being so blasé about the potential threat the new Stabitron 7800 poses to us all. Battlestar Galactica should’ve set me straight because if [SPOILER ALERT], the nicest [SPOILER ALERT] on the planet can be a robot in disguise, then I should be really scared.
A couple of months ago, Ken Jennings, Super Nerd gave a TED Talk about his record-setting stint on Jeopardy. More to the point, KenJen talked about what it was like to have his Neufchâtel schmeared all over the stage by Watson, an artificially intelligent computer that is capable of answering questions posed in natural language, as well as the future Robot Overlord of New Asimovia. Watching those episodes of Jeopardy, it quickly became clear that Watson will be a stern but benevolent ruler, and also that humans had instantly become obsolete in terms of what they could contribute to televised trivia competitions. In his Talk, however, Kenny Jee said something interesting. He said that no matter how much data computers might have access to, they lack the creativity and cleverness–and I would add the taco-eating-ness–of humans.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, although robots will soon rise up and attempt to enslave us–and then quickly succeed in those attempts–the inherent ingenuity of our species will guarantee that we’ll always be able to find employment as trench diggers and rock movers. And someone’s going to need to clean up after all those electric sheep.