Cambridge researchers are to assess whether technology could end up destroying human civilisation.
The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology and climate change.
The scientists said that to dismiss concerns of a potential robot uprising would be “dangerous”. …
But despite being the subject of far-fetched fantasy, researchers said the concept of machines outsmarting us demanded mature attention.
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
rbj on November 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM
They could hardly make things worse. 😛
ThePrez on November 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM
ZOMG… The Cylons are coming.
Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Are we sure this wouldn’t be a good thing?
Browncoatone on November 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM
Hey, Gort, put that light out!
OldEnglish on November 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM
Regular robots not so much. But once I finish my battle mech…
LincolntheHun on November 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM
When you think about it, blaming robots for destruction is like blaming guns for murders. I doubt robots can assume some evil design without a human programmer to engineer it to happen.
petefrt on November 28, 2012 at 8:24 PM
I don’t think they’ll have to. We’re doing a bang up job of it ourselves.
Mitoch55 on November 28, 2012 at 8:27 PM
No worries. The Three Laws of Robotics will keep us safe.
RoadRunner on November 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM
I love the Robot that has taken over my house!!
Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM
At least they’re not using American tax money for this. I hope.
malclave on November 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM
Humans use biotechnology to create artificial life which then goes on to create nanotechnology that destroys humans via climate change.
Climate change. Yeah that’s the ticket. We have to get good old climate change in there because it’s like, so robotic. I’m just shocked they couldn’t figure a way to squeeze in same sex marriage and racism.
Frank Enstine on November 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM
No. We’re their rechargeable batteries.
lester on November 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM
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