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Welcoming Your New Robot Overlords

Last year at the second annual Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS), I was invited to give a brief presentation on any future-related topic I wished. As a Singularity Hub alum there was only one real option: robots. More specifically, why the concept of the “robot uprising” is simultaneously ridiculous and prophetic.

Weaving together pop culture, industrial statistics, and techno-optimism in what I hope is an entertaining manner, this BAASICS talk aims to persuade even the most hard-headed Luddite to reconsider their stance and “welcome their new robot overlords”:

Many of the themes explored in this presentation were derived from the observations and articles created while I worked at Singularity Hub. My opinions on the absurdity of robots in mainstream fiction, the continuous advancement of industrial automation, and Ray Kurzweil’s persuasive graphs on the exponential growth of intelligence are all standard issue concepts for those of us who like to stay abreast of the cutting edge of modern technology. These same ideas, however, are far from ordinary to the majority of our 21st Century peers, which is why it was so rewarding to see how well my silly little robot presentation was received by the BAASICS audience.

BAASICS, now in its third year, is an ongoing effort to bridge the gap between science and the arts with colorful presentations, performances, and discussions — all provided for free to the San Francisco, and online, community. Like the juggernaut TED conference or the more indy BIL conference, BAASICS seeks to fire imaginations while informing attendees about the wondrous natural and technical world around them. Produced by Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger, BAASICS is an organization worth watching as online video continues to develop as a powerful tool to connect local innovators with global audiences.

As a prediction of the future, my presentation on robot overlords has little chance of standing the test of time. Even now, barely a year later, the statistics I quote and the examples I use seem outdated. Foxconn is well underway with its march towards a million industrial robots, and the latest wave of research quality machines are smarter, faster, and more creative than ever. If automation continues at this pace, I’ll soon be outdistanced by the reality of robotics.

It’s not the winner of the race, however, that really matters – it’s the destination. Whether it takes us a few decades or a few centuries, humanity should eventually arrive at a world where machines do the majority of the work, both physical and intellectual. Creativity — our last best hope for a human skill impervious to robotic emulation — is already showing signs of invasion. I’ll concede all my other points but this one: the future of labor belongs to machines. It’s only a matter of time.

As a people then, the only real question remaining to us is the big question I presented at BAASICS: when the robots take over, what will they be like?

Maybe it’s the optimist in me, maybe I’ve watched too many Kurzweil videos, or read too many tech articles online, but I think those robots will be, in part or whole, an extension of us. Homo sapiens are a species with a deeply symbiotic relationship with technology and I see no reason why that relationship would cease simply because the technology becomes more advanced. We may change, perhaps beyond all present recognition, but that bond between man and machine seems unbreakable.

In my own humble opinion, which I will peddle online, in person, and wherever else they let me speak, the future of automation is just another phase of humanity waiting to unveil itself. I have seen the robot overlords, and they are us.

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  • Frank Whittemore says:

    Nice to see you reporting back to the Singularity Hub.

    Really enjoyed the video!

  • renegade666 says:

    Here come the Cylons! Why should the robot future be any different from current reality? Robot drones are used by the War Machine and Military-Industrial-Complex to slaughter innocent people around the world, especially in countries unable to defend themselves…And now the same killer bots are being deployed on Battlefield America, to target those opposed to the dystopian hive-mind dictatorship…The same nefarious forces will be in control of the Robot Surveillance Grid…So what will have really changed? Americans seem to love the 4th Reich!

    • Matthew says:

      you might be interested in the book, “Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine” by J. Storrs Hall–a scientist in the field of molecular nanotechnology. basically his prediction way back in 2007 about future AI splits it into 3 categories–corporate, educational, and military as you say. the dawn of that military AI already observable at DARPA (who by the way also studies social engineering through social media. arguably a powerful force). well, fortunately for us his prediction is that corporate AI will dominate for two reasons. one is that, like educational AI, corporate AI will have to cater to the infinitely complex patterns of human interaction. whereas a military AI’s main goal might just be to seek and destroy. a much simpler task that requires the smallest fraction of the complexities it would require to interact with human beings. it takes money to invest in reverse engineering all the modular regions in the brain and the military simply doesn’t have it.

      we’re already seeing this trend. the most sophisticated and human like robots originate from corporations, like Honda. on money, a few years ago apple had more money than the US treasury. as corporations increase their profits ad infinitum via automation, wealth grows exponentially. but, for whom? this is why economic disparity is now such a big deal. and it will become ever more apparent as people, like writers, are displaced.

      sounds scary. but, mister 666, (and let me preface this with a disclaimer that this is nothing personal, and this problem affects a lot of humanity right now) …this world even now is a much more wealthy, flourishing, enlightening, inspiring, socially equal, greener, place than your media induced “negativity bias” allows you to see. people live 3 times longer, are healthier than ever, hell we’re about to solve all disease forever, more productive agriculturally than ever, we’re getting smarter (Flynn’s law states that iq increases 3 points on average every 10 years), we share food/clothing/culture/knowledge internationally at light speed. yes, there ARE jetsons cars we just can’t afford them yet. yes, we still have problems in this world, sir 666, but you are mistaken in thinking that they rule the world. it’s interesting, because our plights are become increasingly shocking and marginal as long as they continue to exist as is the definition of extremism (but it’s a small fraction of what is actually going on–like how mass murders w/ guns in the US are on the rise despite the fact that homocides on average are drastically dereasing). but mark my words as we continue to exist we will see humanity progressively adhere to the infinitely complex yet cognitively simple aspects of ecology, compassion, human rights, intelligence, life, aesthetics–all the necessary things vital to our existence. or we won’t. and if we don’t, some malevolent artilect the US gov’t acquires from foxconn WILL destroy the world. or (vastly overlooked by everyone, and the ONE thing that still scares me because certain damage has already been done that will take hundreds or thousands of years to resolve itself)–the climate will descend an ice age apocalypse caused by the worlds melting poles choking the thermohaline circulation that transmits heat form the equator to the poles. and the great plastic island in the pacific poisoning all marine life in it’s slow decay. it’s almost as if it would take fleets of super intelligent robots to clean up all the trash in the pacific that 7 billion people generate. ;)

      back to reality, all of the most extreme dramatic aspects of what will happen aside, most likely you will be bored at worst. the government is there to protect our life not destroy it (despite what the fear mongering headlines would have you believe). they’re not perfect yet, just as corporations aren’t perfect about pollution or economic disparity. but things for most people are pretty sweet. the vast majority of what we have is good, we’re solving all of our problems forever. you don’t see headlines about quantum levitation, or benevolent AI, or infinite green energy, or hell anything on singularityhub.com … and that is sad. but just as coca cola is finding market value in bringing water to all of Africa right now, we will progressively see journalism exploit the market for inspiration, communication, planning, education and other more highly evolved regions of the brain found in our cerebral cortex, rather than taking the easy way out and maniputing society into mass hysteria by catering to all the primitive and ridiculous fears that pervade our consciousness from the fight/flight center (the amygdala), that are now largely obsolete except for jumping out of the way of a moving bus, falling off of a building, or drinking a glass of bleach. and I think personally that we are already and will continue to see militaries around the world defend human rights and well being. kind of like how armies during “peace time” in ancient rome built bridges.

      so chill out dude, and enjoy the high technology in your video games, your increased life span, foods from all over the world, your superior IQ and genetic makeup that results from a post industrial world of 7 billion people interconnected by transportation networks, and arguably interesting media (art/culture) that traverses a global network at light speed. dont’ feel bad about all the world’s problems because it’s not most of what there is, and believe me man it’s a corrosive self-defeating perspective.

      p.s. if you want to cure your negativity bias you can either see a shrink, or get the book “abundance: the future is better than you think” …seriously. I read it and it banished all pessimism forever. I was in serious need of updating my perspective. things are changing for the better, bro.

      • renegade666 says:

        I don’t know where you see all these high IQ healthy people at? The vast majority of people, especially here in the U.S., have been dumbed down to a zombie-like level…Many babble incoherently…and the culprits? Chemical lobotomy for starters, via dangerous mind control drugs like antidepressants and antipsychotics…side effects alone kill some 100,000 every year…mercury in vaccines, fluoride (a hazardous chemical) in water, GMO cancer-causing food, geoengineering nanoparticles, mind destroying TV, electromagnetic smog…People aren’t healthier..they are sicker by the year…WHO funds all the tech research? DARPA and Military-Industrial-Complex//The sole reason for a corp to exist is PROFIT..at the expense of human suffering…Humanity is obsolete..thus the ongoing global eugenics operations///Many sci fi movies (out of Hollywood, whose purpose is programming, not entertainment!) have the same MEMES (eg., Elysium, District 9, Hunger Games)…that of the mass of humanity living in squalor and shantytowns, fighting over scraps of food and clean water,,,monitored by a pervasive autonomous AI automated control surveillance grid, Police/Military Bots//while the psychopathic elites live in high tech compounds, the New Gods of Olympus..You don’t really think we defeated the Nazis in WWII, do you? They simply transferred their base of operations to the U.S., via Operation Paperclip/….The New 4th Reich, Global Matrix Control Grid..the Umbrella CORP….

      • daneel333 says:

        As much as I would love to believe your rose tinted view of things, I can’t help feeling you techno-optimists have taken the bait, hook, line and sinker. What’s the bait? Exactly what you outlined above, except that the people that spew the future-positive propaganda have other plans in store for all the “believers”. The rulers of this world, and they’re certainly not the govts you talked of that are here to “take care of us”, want everything for themselves and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Even if humanity succeeds in sending the control-freak megalomaniacs back into the shadows where they belong, we shouldn’t be “chilling out” until the task is complete. There is simply too much at stake.

        To see how reality has been manipulated to the point where you believe everything is just peachy, is NOT to have a negativity bias. To let down your guard and let the social controllers (engineers) walk all over you is probably a more valid reason to see a shrink than any other, but I still wouldn’t recommend it.

        Right now, we’re heading for global economic disparity which isn’t going to be pretty. Just watch any talk by Dmitry Orlov on the societal collapse of Russia and how the same is predicted to happen in the west. Why wouldn’t it? Our whole societal foundation is built on a lie. Probably the greatest fraud committed in the history of mankind. A ponzi scheme so vast it’s unbearable to think what the consequences will be when it finally implodes as planned.

        Of course, the perpetrators of this heinous crime will pose as the saviour to bring order to the chaos in the form of a global government. If achieved, and with the help of the latest technology, no one will be able to break free of its tyrannical grasp.

        Ubiquitous cheap tech means nothing if a global police outlaws its use. Unless people stop blindly trusting the powers that be and put down their xbox controller for five minutes, the controllers of this world have already won.

        It’s good to have a positive outlook but don’t drive off the edge of the cliff because someone told you your car could fly!

        • renegade666 says:

          Finally another one WHO CAN SEE! (THEY LIVE)…Yes, put on your reality glasses…ORDO AB CHAO = ORDER OUT OF CHAOS….perhaps a critical mass/tipping point will be reached where humanity awakens to their Overlords…but perpetual bliss in techno-utopia/digital cyber-angels won’t solve the problem…and soon there will no longer be Free Will…

          • daneel333 says:

            There are many of us who know what the agenda for the “New World” is and we ARE reaching critical mass! It’s only a matter of time now until the plans of the globalist criminal cabal crumble to nothing. Their one world scientific dictatorship, which they believe is close to completion, will reveal itself for what it is, a global prison, and people will finally break out of the spell that has been cast on them. Mass hypnosis and mind control has been a powerful tool to keep the masses drooling in front of their telescreens, but these techniques are being rendered useless as people turn to the Internet and research the truth about our common plight.

            For anyone interested in going down the rabbit hole, there’s a great book called “The Culling of Man” which is free to download.

            There is so much material online that outlines the nefarious agenda behind much of the technology now being developed that it boggles the mind how people can still be in the dark about this. Even the tech that appears on the surface to be beneficial almost always hides an ulterior motive.

            Just look at how radio and TV were developed as mass propaganda delivery outlets. Look at how computers and now every electronic device is developed with built-in backdoors that the NSA can probe. Look at how wearable electronics brings us closer to cyborgisation. Do people know how embedded chips can be remotely activated to tamper with their physiology?

            I’m all for the most radical technological advances. I am in no way a neo-luddite. But when you know who’s running the show and what they have in store for humanity, it’s time to do everything humanly possible to stop this runaway train from going headlong into the nearest black hole!

            And yes, THEY LIVE! is a great movie that depicts just how hard it can be to show others what is right in front of their noses!

          • Matthew says:

            another great book. “the tipping point” … you guys watch too much tv. you need to update your bleak perspectives. believe me, you’re only hurting yourselves. I am not denying there are problems in the world more severe than we’ve ever seen, but this negativity solves nothing. singularitarians will be the first to admit all the problems, and explain them better than anyone else possibly can. but guess what? humanity solves problems. again, if you don’t believe it now, it will become evident soon enough. if you can make it past your defeatist attitude and drug addictions. (sorry, I am making assumptions based on my own personal experience with the same problems). read those books.

          • daneel333 says:

            I replied to this comment but it was deleted! Oh well, so much for free speech. I can’t remember what I wrote the first time, so I’ll just say that there are many who can see and I believe the tipping point is soon. Very soon…

        • renegade666 says:

          Many people have an awareness that something is wrong, or not quite right..however, they are frightened to go down the deep, dark, black rabbit hole into the underworld of terror and horror and truly confront the evil that rules us, especially here in corporate fascist nazi 4th reich amerika! The apathetic and complacent masses, the trendies, are too comfortable in their nice mortgaged homes in the burbs, and run in screaming terror if you tell them the truth of our corporate overlords! Soon, it will be too late to do anything, with the nano-neuro dust turning evryone into remote controlled zombies! (more than they already are!).

      • daneel333 says:

        Again, I’m replying to Matthew July 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm here because there’s no reply button under his last comment.

        Wow! You sure do make a lot of assumptions about people you’ve never met! Just for the record, I hardly ever watch TV and I don’t take drugs, prescription or otherwise. Does that bother you Mathew? That we may not fit into the preconceived stereotypical category of human that you had in mind?

        I won’t speak for renegade, but I am certainly not depressed or ascribe to a fatalistic view. I, like many other conscientious researchers, am simply aware of the situation we face. I even believe that we have a chance at creating the kind of world that you speak of, but I wouldn’t rush to trust many of its pundits and propagandists because of the hidden agenda that is now becoming apparent to so many.

        I know perfectly well that humanity is capable of solving problems. It’s just that many of the problems we have had to endure are deliberately caused by the global cabal in order to bring about the completion of their plans.

        It is wise to look at both the positive and the negative. How else could engineers solve problems if they were never to look at things that go wrong or don’t work as they should. That’s all we’re doing here. Pointing out the things that are not working and that need immediate attention.

        None of this amounts to being defeatist. It’s a realistic, eyes wide open, review of the landscape without resorting to augmented reality overlays to blot out the unsavoury bits that we can’t bear to look at.

        In the end, that’s what it all boils down to. People can’t bear the idea that their lives may be part of an elaborate illusory hoax that could go bye byes at any moment. Instead, they read books that promise them an even grander illusion to which they will migrate, because they’re on the “lucky winners” list… aren’t they?

        • Matthew says:

          i don’t think you read or retained what I wrote. I specifically said (to mister 666, not you) that the issue of “negativity bias” is a major problem that affects a lot of humanity right now. I asked not to take it personaly. and no, dude. it does not disappoint me that you don’t watch that much TV or do drugs <_< . unlike some people it doesn't please me when others suffer. clearly, you missed my point. I am referring to whatever defeatist tendencies you do have that keep you obsessing over these un named unrealistic non pervasive tyrannical government conspiracies that you think are ruining your life or future. i was opening up and trying to relate my personal flaws in the naieve hope that other human beings aren't completely devoid of empathy and would be able to see how it relates to them. when did i at any point say that humanity is over all of it's problems? never. in fact i listed some problems we still have. but the facts remain. if you are typing on a computer, in English you probably live in a first world country and in the post digital era of exponentially growing profits that's a pretty sweet deal. it takes less effort than ever to lead a happy healthy life and it will be 3x as long as any humans who lived in the past. there is more good going on than problems. if the reverse were true than we would already live in some post-apocalyptic wasteland. and again, like i said earlier i am not denying that possibility and reality of our current state of ecological catastrophie. nor am i denying that some aspect of the government could go sour. as i said above… just read what i said again i already addressed all of this nonsense. appreciate what you do have and stop spreading this corrosive unrealistic mass hysteria. but by all means continue to use your highlighter of misery and find all the most marginal and worst examples of human strife. see how far it gets you and helps your friends and family. you are not part of the singularitarian movement if you're not talking about solutions. fact is even the poorest of the poor are doing better than they used to. every conceivable problem is about to be solved forever with infinite iterations of more optimal ideal solutions. and again, sorry to be a broken record but you seem to have amnesia about everything i wrote… if it's not clear now it will be abundantly clear soon. read some of the books i listed and update your pessimistic perspective. we have a lot to be thankful for.

          • renegade666 says:

            We have all seen the images from Pol Pot/Cambodia/Khmer Rouge/Nazi concentration camps/Soviet Ukraine/South American Death Squads (trained by US Special Forces)/Bosnia, etc etc. of the mass graves with bodies piled up…and you think things have changed here in the “good ole USA” run by the same psychopathic elite killers??? How many Vietnamese did we mass exterminate? 3 million? How many mass murdered Iraquis..2 million?? Living in fantasy la-la land if you think these folks just went away..or don’t exist in our Military-Industrial-Complex, which has it’s direct roots in the Nazi 3rd Reich! Now the Amerikan Corporate Fascist 4th Reich!

          • renegade666 says:

            @Matthew
            ” if you are typing on a computer, in English you probably live in a first world country and in the post digital era of exponentially growing profits ” Huh? Cheap electronic crap made by Chinese slave labor via Foxconn? See, that’s the problem; ethno-centric amerikaans who think the entire world revolves around them! The chinese are corporate slaves just like we are,…
            “un named unrealistic non pervasive tyrannical government conspiracies “..Gee, what planet does this guy live on?? NSA spying, TSA molesting your children at the airports, random highway checkpoints, heavily armed ground infantry troops during martial law Boston bombing…
            “act is even the poorest of the poor are doing better than they used” Huh? Are you nuts? The poor on welfare are so fat, so dumb, so sick, diseased, mentally insufficient, they are clueless as to what is happening around them! Just about everything this guy says is the complete REVERSAL of reality..which validates my point the vast majority of SHEEPLE live in a Matrix Control Grid,,,,,

          • daneel333 says:

            There is so much untruth, generalisation, condescension and deluded wishful thinking in your posts that it’s almost embarrassing to read. All I can think is that we must be living on different planets! Either that or you’ve been brainwashed by the techno-utopian propaganda.
            “If you are typing on a computer, in English you probably live in a first world country and in the post digital era of exponentially growing profits”
            What a load of bull. This kind of statement is wrong on so many levels. Do you know how many English speakers there are in China, India, Africa, South America, the Middle East, South East Asia…
            Europe is considered first world and is rapidly descending into long term depression. The US corporations may be reaping the benefits of modern day slavery and automation but the general public most certainly are not.
            We are heading for systemic implosion of the first world artificial economy. Even the head of Goldman Sachs recently admitted that there’s nothing that can be done to stop this.
            The reason that some people “appear” to be doing well and have reasonable standards of living is an illusion that is about to go pop!
            We’re talking about trillions of dollars of illusion (monopoly money) that can become worthless overnight.
            Robotics industry analysts are actually very pessimistic about certain revolutionary technologies getting the necessary research funding over the next decade.
            “un named unrealistic non pervasive tyrannical government conspiracies”… sheesh…
            Bilderberg Group, Tavistock Institute, Royal Society, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Rand Corporation, United Nations, World Trade Organisation, World Bank, World Health Organisation, International Monetary Fund, Bank of International Settlements, DARPA, Club of Rome, Brookings Institute, and many other globalist institutions whose power and reach go back centuries. And that’s not mentioning the shadow governments and steering committees and influential family dynasties that have cast a vast web over all human activity.
            Despite the illusion of techno-optimism that is being peddled in the West, the current goal of the technocrats is worldwide Chinese-style communism. Europe is being converted as we speak. America is following suit. It’s all wrapped up in the Smart City centralised control of everything model where the Internet of Things means everything is chipped and monitored for efficiency, including you.
            I’m not saying the globalists will achieve their goals. But you certainly won’t have a chance in hell of stopping them if you know nothing of their plans. Burying your head in the sand or thinking happy thoughts will not produce the utopia that has been promised to you. Quite the opposite. You are being led into a trap.
            I really do wish the best for the future. But I feel that the future that I have in mind isn’t the future others have in mind, so if anything, there will be conflict when the time comes for nature to select which path we go down.

    • Javier Lopez says:

      Well said! Probably a more realistic description of where the robot revolution is heading. It’s not all roses. And even a lot of the apparently useful stuff is just a cover to splice the surveillance tech control grid even more into our lives.

      Maybe we’re just not destined to learn from the past. We’re blinded by the shiny baubles that are dangled in front of us, like babies with their toys. And I’m mostly for a pro-robotic future. But we shouldn’t get carried away with techno-optimism which is mostly a ruse to round us up into the smart city complexes.

      It’s up to us to make sure some kind of equilibrium is achieved. The same goes for all the other up and coming technologies (nano-bio-info-cogno) that promise “utopia” and humanity’s demise in equal measure.

      • renegade666 says:

        The “green”, sustainable “smart cities”, are an alternative to the Elysium/District 9/DREDD scenarios///Basically high tech hive mind collectivist matrix control grids..Now, with “smart” nano-neuro dust, it may be the final end of a free thinking, free will, conscious humanity…We will no longer have the option think clearly outside the zombified masses…A psychopathic elite’s wet dream come true! Fully operational cyborgs, obedient to the A.I. superintelligent Matrix Agent….Proof positive that so many are metaphorical zombies (unable to think for themselves) is the complete willful ignorance of the reality of a Prison Planet (and it has been that way for a long time!).

        • daneel333 says:

          And look at the way we’re getting zombie culture shoved down our throats (the zombies are the brainwashed masses by the way) through all the games, movies and tv shows. World War Z depicts hordes of the infected (it’s always bio-weapons) being ceremoniously mowed down by UN troops. It’s all part of the desensitization programme and predictive programming to prepare us for a real life “zombie” epidemic where millions would have to be exterminated.

          I don’t care if what we’re talking about sounds gloomy or depressing. It’s the truth. And the truth will out and change the world for the better.

          If you’re interested you can check out the site in my profile where I address these topics in depth. I’m also writing novels that deal with the negative aspects of robotics, AI, Smart Cities, the Singularity and beyond, just to add some balance to all the fanboy mania out there! ;)

          • renegade666 says:

            Daneel333 = From Asimov’s I’Robot???
            The richest 300 people in the world have more money/wealth than the poorest 3 BILLION on earth! In the U.S., 400 people have more $ than the bottom 50% amerikans…It is a form of Neo-Feudalism, with a technological overlay..A mere handful of corporations control all the wealth and resources of the world…the Central Banks,Corporate War machine…As in the UMBRELLA CORP…and the peons think al this life extension tech is for them??? Hahaha!ROFL! Global Eugenics Directives..

          • daneel333 says:

            I’m replying to the comment below here because there’s no reply button under some of these comments!! Sheesh.

            To Renegade, yes, Daneel Olivaw and Giscard Reventlov are two of my favorite characters from Asimov’s robot stories.

            I don’t think Mathew understands that the hundreds of years old or more, global eugenics agenda is in its final phase. Even if we manage to avoid the worst and bring about a revolution of abundance, we’re still going to feel the effects of the old system imploding under its own weight. In my opinion, it will get so ugly that the populous at large will BEG on their knees for a tyrant to bring order to their once comfortable lives. All this will be granted… at a price, of course.

            How many people have already sold their souls and lost their minds to consumerism and mass entertainment? Their job, just a requirement so they can keep feeding their addictions.

            It’s not even that I think a tyrannical world government must come to pass according to biblical prophecy, I just think it’s too late to slow down the process. There’s too much momentum behind all the institutions, the banking fraud, the political corruption, the surveillance technology being foisted on us.

            One.. single.. EMP strike on the US would make everything grind to a halt for months causing mayhem. Our technological world is fragile. We think that it’s resilient because nothing major has happened… yet. But, then most Americans and Europeans are not currently living in a war torn region of the planet, again… yet.

            Just because Kurzweil predicts exponential curves all the way to the top, doesn’t mean any one of us will actually make it there!

            Of course it’s Neo-Feudalism. That has been the plan all along! 90% of the remnants of humanity, chipped and making plastic “comfort” toys with their government sanctioned 3D-printers!

            Oh, there’ll be entertainment all right. Does Hunger Games ring a bell? And I think the Smart Dust or “Spice” will be sold as the ultimate enhancement technology, but what you’ll get are the husk-like creatures from Mass Effect. Again, the zombification of the masses one way or another.

            The people running this show are sick. I only hope we can derail this train before it’s too late…

    • daneel333 says:

      Well said! Probably a more realistic description of where the robot revolution is heading. It’s not all roses. And even a lot of the apparently useful stuff is just a cover to splice the surveillance tech control grid even more into our lives.

      Maybe we’re just not destined to learn from the past. We’re blinded by the shiny baubles that are dangled in front of us, like babies with their toys. And I’m mostly for a pro-robotic future. But we shouldn’t get carried away with techno-optimism which is mostly a ruse to round us up into the smart city complexes.

      It’s up to us to make sure some kind of equilibrium is achieved. The same goes for all the other up and coming technologies (nano-bio-info-cogno) that promise “utopia” and humanity’s demise in equal measure.

  • dobermanmacleod says:

    http://singularityhub.com/2012/03/10/robot-begs-to-be-allowed-to-live-dont-miss-the-impressive-%E2%80%9Ckara%E2%80%9D-video-demo-from-quantic-dream/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind%27s_Eye_%28US_Military%29

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watson_%28computer%29

    http://singularityhub.com/2013/06/11/ai-startup-anki-debuts-at-wwdc-wows-with-impressive-tech-50-million-in-funding/#comment-65742

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkBnFPBV3f0&feature=player_embedded

    http://www.scientificcomputing.com/news/2013/05/launching-quantum-artificial-intelligence-lab#.UaC3ILVOnIW

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/supercomputing-for-everyone/?ref=technology&_r=0

    Visual intelligence (which previously only animals/humans had), natural language intelligence (which beat the best human players at Jeopardy) and deep learning, situational awareness (self-awareness?), human-like robot frames, plus quantum computers and inexpensive super-computers – all of which exist right now.

    The Singularity is within reach – all we need to do is join the parts together. BTW, you gotta watch the first link – it is mind blowing!

  • daneel333 says:

    I’m replying to the comment below here because there’s no reply button under some of these comments!! Sheesh.

    To Renegade, yes, Daneel Olivaw and Giscard Reventlov are two of my favorite characters from Asimov’s robot stories.

    I don’t think Mathew understands that hundreds of years old or more global eugenics agenda is in its final phase. Even if we manage to avoid the worst and bring about a revolution of abundance, we’re still going to feel the effects of the old system imploding under its own weight. In my opinion, it will get so ugly that the populous at large will BEG on their knees for a tyrant to bring order to their once comfortable lives. All this will be granted… at a price, of course.

    How many people have already sold their souls and lost their minds to consumerism and mass entertainment? Their job just a requirement so can keep feeding their addictions.

    It’s not even that I think a tyrannical world government must come to pass according to biblical prophecy, I just think it’s too late to slow down the process. There’s too much momentum behind all the institutions, the banking fraud, the political corruption, the technology being foisted on us. One.. single.. EMP strike on the US would make everything grind to a halt for months causing mayhem. Our technological world is fragile. We think that it’s resilient because nothing major has happened… yet! But, then most Americans and Europeans are not currently living in a war torn region of the planet.

    Just because Kurzweil predicts exponential curves all the way to the top, doesn’t mean any one of us will actually make it there!

  • daneel333 says:

    Again, I’m replying to Matthew July 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm here because there’s no reply button under his last comment.

    Wow! You sure do make a lot of assumptions about people you’ve never met! Just for the record, I hardly ever watch TV and I don’t take drugs, prescription or otherwise. Does that bother you Mathew? That we may not fit into the preconceived stereotypical category of human that you had in mind?

    I won’t speak for renegade, but I am certainly not depressed or ascribe to a fatalistic view. I, like many other conscientious researchers, am simply aware of the situation we face. I even believe that we have a chance at creating the kind of world that you speak of, but I wouldn’t rush to trust many of its pundits and propagandists because of the hidden agenda that is now becoming apparent to so many.

    I know perfectly well that humanity is capable of solving problems. It’s just that many of the problems we have had to endure are deliberately caused by the global cabal in order to bring about the completion of their plans.

    It is wise to look at both the positive and the negative. How else could engineers solve problems if they were never to look at things that go wrong or don’t work as they should. That’s all we’re doing here. Pointing out the things that are not working and that need immediate attention.

    None of this amounts to being defeatist. It’s a realistic, eyes wide open, review of the landscape without resorting to augmented reality overlays to blot out the unsavoury bits that we can’t bear to look at.

    In the end, that’s what it all boils down to. People can’t bear the idea that their lives may be part of an elaborate illusory hoax that could go bye byes at any moment. Instead, they read books that promise them an even grander illusion to which they will migrate, because they’re on the “lucky winners” list… aren’t they?

  • mparrone says:

    This is what whatching the video inspired me: there is just one thing that will prevent robots from totally replacing humans: the will. This is the difference between a subject and an object. They may become capable to replicate or to surpass the “object” part of us, but not the “subject” part, the will. Their actions and decisions will be always the expression of the will of some human.

    • renegade666 says:

      For nano-drones and nano neuro dust, see:http://www.zengardner.com/nano-drones-neuroscientists-now-invading-our-brains/
      Also, there is no such thing as “money” today..it is just paper debt instrument created out of thin air, to put people into permanent bondage….
      Until the Central Banks, Black Ops programs, and corporate war profiteers are dealt with, none of the techno-utopia will occur…

      • daneel333 says:

        Thanks for the link. That’s a good one!
        Keep up the good work!

        • renegade666 says:

          Many who read/comment on some of the tech pages, like ieet, engage in intellectual masturbation…They have their comfy little jobs at the university, or the corporation, live in mortgaged homes in the suburbs (labor/work camps), drive nice SUV’s, but really they don’t want to know just how dark this conspiracy against humanity truly is…Plus, many of the trendies and techies have never really had it hard, on the streets, homeless, for example..so are completely ignorant of the nature of raw power.
          The new movie OBLIVION is really anti-NWO and the cyborg remote control world being set up..take a look.

          • daneel333 says:

            I’ll check out Oblivion. I also think Elysium looks good. The elites go off planet and leave the rest of humanity on cesspit Earth.
            These depictions of how things may not turn out all rosy for the masses, borrow a lot from H.G.Wells’ The Time Machine where humanity separates into two sub species.
            If the elites got their way and automation satisfied most of their needs, they would only maintain a reduced human population for “entertainment purposes” or whatever their sick requirements are.

  • Don Taylor says:

    To the author,
    You should write an article about a resourced based economy. The man in the video already pointed it out that most of everything will be automated in the future. When you extrapolate from that you start to realize that money becomes non feasible in a world where people can’t get jobs to buy products.
    Interesting how he didn’t indulge in the jobless aspect further. May have been too long then? Anyhow you should look up what an RBE is and how it works.

    • renegade666 says:

      The elites are open about their plans for humanity..it really baffles me how so many are oblivious to what is in plain view, no “theory” about it! It must be that millions are in a literal TRANCE DELTA state..unable to perceive reality (once again, the meme in THEY LIVE)…The TECHNOCRATS were in some opposition to the PLUTOCRATS..but now they are merging…Once China replaces their slave labor force with robots is when they will release the global depopulation contagions and plagues (BIOWAR)…And the pro-robot future techno-utopia folks will have their robots turned off! ROFL!

      • daneel333 says:

        The elites do plan using bio-weapons, if anything to scare the global population into submission. Genetically engineered Smallpox is kept in labs around the world as are many other exotic inventions. You have to be deranged (or evil) to take money to design more deadly versions of viruses that we now have no resistance to. And all with the excuse that it’s for defence!
        But you have to remember that we’re dealing with psychopaths and sociopaths here. They have no empathy gene. The worst of their kind actually WANT to see humanity suffer in disease-ridden squalor as they trample over us. This is their ultimate goal.
        That’s why I think they would still keep a certain number of humans around, even as cyborgs, purely for their entertainment and rituals.
        As far as the technology goes, a lot of what is being developed is simply for mass mind control, the surveillance grid and distraction while they get everything into place.
        I would imagine they would keep the good stuff for themselves even after a mass cull. How else would they merge with godlike AGI if not?

        Of course, I don’t actually believe the elites will get away with any of this, otherwise there wouldn’t be much point to anything, would there?

        I do believe that this period in time will be humanity’s greatest test… at least until the Sith rise again the next time!

        • renegade666 says:

          I agree 100%! Well thought out…it is sad so many have been so dumbed down, they have no clue what is in store for them! The elites have decided that “sustainable development” means “All for me, none for you!”LOL! The plutocrats want a mass kill-off and culling; the technocrats (many of which write and comment on the tech blogs) think they can create a robot-utopia future, with humanity living in ghettoes and scrounging for food, watched and monitored by the autonomous Matrix A.I. system…and of course, just as there is a POWER GRID kill switch, an INTERNET kill switch, there will be a robot kill switch! Better train for your new career, a la Tome Cruise in OBLIVION…a drone repairman! But of course in the end he joins the Resistance to global techno-utopia!

  • renegade666 says:

    @Mattheew
    Excellent comments, Daneel! Go,go,go!
    If you want a real-world example of how dumbed down and stupid amerikans have become, it doesn’t get any better than this! The interviewer asks random people to sign a petition that to reduce medical costs, and save money, there should be mandatory euthanasia of old people! For real! These folks sign a petition that under Obamacare, let’s just forcefully kill old people! Amerikans are more Nazi than the Nazis! ROFL! Don’t bother arguing with lobotomized-hypnotized-zombie-sheeple….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4BEY1lZDyg
    http://youtu.be/t4BEY1lZDyg

  • plasmaborne4rel says:

    The .0001% have always hated those of us in the general population of the working class. The only reason they’ve kept us around was the fact they needed our labor and brain power. With the advent of CyberInterNetics Digital Technology will replace all human labor and thinking. Therefore the .0001% won’t need us anymore and will have no reason to keep us around. By 2052CE the .0001% Final Solution will have been implemented unless we working class in the general populaiton restructure our society toward valuing humanity. Read all about it:
    http://scoop.it/t/cyberinternetics

    • renegade666 says:

      WOW! What a totally awesome site! (your link)…Well done! Here in Amerika we have brain damaged jack booted thugs in black uniforms with sub-machine guns standing sround, telling, you, your wife, your children, to BOHICA (Bend Over Here It Comes Again), Hellfire missile armed drones flying overhead, face scanning cameras, iris scanners, forcible drawing of blood by Gestapo police (for DNA data base), Google blimps with deep penetrating tomography radar scanning right through solid walls, internal Nazi checkpoints demanding to see “your papers”, now we have drone motherships that deploy swarms of nano-mini-drones, nano-neuro dust combined with pulsed ultrasound, literal Terminator bots….The global international Internet is dead..we will have Balkanized Internets for each country..more of an INTRA-net..and controlled and monitored server hubs..”A SCANNER DARKLY”…The FINAL SOLUTION, indeed! It’s called BIO-WAR,CHEMICAL WARFARE, RADIOLOGICAL WARFARE, INFORMATION WARFARE, CYBER-WARFARE,PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE…but Amerikans are to brain-damaged to know what is happening!

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