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My God! And I thought the Dalkon shield was dangerous!
Posted by love them typos on February 14, 2010 at 12:04 PM · Report this
This is no surprise. They've been saying we're going to be in perpetual robot wars for a long time now. I can see a day when a population has an invisible shower of nanobots droppedon them that infect them with a brain controlling substance. Nothing too prosaic.
Posted by Nano Wars on February 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 3
Based on your time stamps I can tell that neither of you watched the entire video before commenting.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on February 14, 2010 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Rotten666 4
If someone invents slamhounds I am outta here.
Posted by Rotten666 on February 14, 2010 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 5
And based on your commentary, Grant, I can tell you don't know what an IUD is.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on February 14, 2010 at 12:21 PM · Report this
bigg 6
But will they let the GAY robots serve!?!
Posted by bigg on February 14, 2010 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 7
@ "Fifty-Two-Eighty": Touché.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on February 14, 2010 at 12:25 PM · Report this

Using a computer to watch video is like using a book as a doorstop.

Just tell me what you are saying, in text.
Posted by Hotlanta Hank on February 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 9
War is so macho and studly. Everyone wins at war. And of course it's "Their" fault that "we" have to go to war. "Our" drive to destroy each other! WTF? Who is this "Our"? I don't have the desire to destroy anyone.

That's the problem, THOSE that start wars want to suggest it's OUR war that WE are all trying to stop but the "bad guys" must be destroyed first. NO SUCKER it's YOUR war NOT mine. I did not start it and I'm not responsible.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on February 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 10
True, Sargon, it's not "your" war. But that's OK, you can spend the rest of your life paying for it anyway.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on February 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Esta guerra, la culpa es de los moros. Ellos la empezaron. Vds. continuaran lo que empezaron ellos! Hasta que liberaremos Morroco, Tunisia, todo Africa come en siglos de los romanos!

Esta es la solucion.

Posted by Ferdinand y Isabella on February 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 12
,I just watched the whole 16 minutes.

I found it descriptive rather than insightful (that latter is what I would expect from a speaker at a major conference).

My thoughts...I think of the introduction of atomic weapons and MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction). The thing that prevented MAD was not new technology, but new thinking. The entire array of game theorists and detente negotiators and academics (one who is a good friend of mine, served under Kissinger) who invented ways to play out the war with the Russians and therefore not have to go to war. The "as if" scenarios showed no-win and therefore, the war was never fought with nuclear weapons.

Nother thought. You mention terrorists. Terrorists (suicidal ones) are really no different from robots. So, American robots, are more of a counter-weapon to ideological driven suicide bombers who will use themselves as "robots" to attack American targets. Hence, we're merely responding to an enemy weapon in the way we do best -- with brainpower and technology.

As far as hoardes of robots being unleashed on a country as an act of terror or warfare, as always, it makes more sense for us to continue to develop this technology first, but also to play out the what-if simulations with both rational and irrational opponents.

A parallel I think of is say a Mafia hitman. He would be programmed to go after, say, the loved one of a prosecutor who is unwilling to say drop a charge against a capo. He is like an all-out robot that can sneak in and target an 'enemy' very effectively because presumably, one cannot protect a free person each and every hour. The hitman has the advantage unless you can apply counter technology to neutralize him. For example, worldwide tracking and computer databases, movement of funds, weapons tracking.

So, the robots will have some sort of signature that can be tracked hopefully. There's obviously a lot more than can be said and discussed. I just didn't hear any of it in that TED speech.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on February 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 13
Clearly they should have had you speak then.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on February 14, 2010 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Mahtli69 14
"What does it mean to go to war increasingly with soldiers whose hardware is made in China and software is written in India?"

China and India make consumer products. Our robot army is made in the USA.
Posted by Mahtli69 on February 14, 2010 at 2:18 PM · Report this
Greg 15
The Big Dog robot is straight out of Silent Hill.
Posted by Greg on February 14, 2010 at 3:05 PM · Report this
Also see the parody spoof of BigDog:…
Posted by Peter F on February 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM · Report this
sirkowski 17
I'm sure China and India wouldn't mess with the hardware/software, amirite?
Posted by sirkowski on February 14, 2010 at 4:34 PM · Report this
elenchos 18
Might be a good time to dig up some of the Wired magazine style techno hype that was everywhere before we invaded Afghanistan. I think the technology they were most enamored with was "Global Hawk" which was going to use computers and GPS and shit to totally make it nothing like when the Soviets or the British tried to hold that country.

Or go back and read the hype about smart bombs, and GPS, and computers and communications that were going to make the first Iraq war totally different.

Of course the thing that was going to make the Vietnam War so easy was technology. Napalm and DDT and helicopters and the latest jets. And computers, believe it or not.

But of course this time it's different.
Posted by elenchos on February 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM · Report this
Baconcat 19
@13: We don't let Bailo out of his box.
Posted by Baconcat on February 14, 2010 at 11:20 PM · Report this

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