Thursday, May 29, 2008
Let Me be the First to Welcome our new Robot Monkey Overlords
Have we learned nothing from movies like Planet of the Apes, Monkeyshines, I Robot, Terminator and Virus? Today in the news is a story about a monkey that can control a robot arm WITH ITS BRAIN (see the youtube clip here).
I had a conversation about this two years ago with Jay Platt at The Black Sheep Pub. You see, I wanted a helper monkey, but we nixed that plan because monkeys will learn our behavior, evolve, take over the world, and end up enslaving mankind. So then I wanted a robot, then I remembered that robots, despite Asimov's Three Laws, will take over in order to protect us, or decide that we're the enemy or even worse, a virus and will try to kill us all. Then I speculated about a robot helper monkey, but considering the first two arguments, this had to be the worst idea ever.
I now know how the world will end, not with a bang or a whimper, but with monkeys using robot technology to take over the planet, using us for spare parts, and enslaving those they do not kill.
We're all doomed. Thanks again, science.