Go Back   This Blue Marble, a Global Current Events Discussion Forum > Main Floor > Science Center

Science Center Our science center is equipped to facilitate a variety of general scientific discussions, including physics, environment science, astronomy and technology research.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-20-2016, 01:56 PM   #1
dharma
Git it, booger.
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 5,651
Thanks: 1,133
Thanked 2,730 Times in 1,058 Posts
Default Killer Robots Are Coming

Some years ago, I toyed with writing a sci-fi story in which arena style combat takes place. Each individual combatant can bring whatever arms he can carry, plus a total of 80 pounds (or less) animal/animals. The story's conceit would be that all animals were trainable/obedient, an obviously difficult plot point.

Contestants show up with various companions—an 80 pound wolf, a leopard, 2 or 3 wolverines, multiple attack ferrets (), etc., and mayhem ensues.

The winner brings 80 pounds of bees.

Imagine if my story, instead of being silly, made sense—because the bees were in fact bee-size robots.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahatopol...BXb#.plJNNbOB9
dharma is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to dharma For This Useful Post:
proteus (11-20-2016)
Old 11-21-2016, 04:18 PM   #2
andy
Senior Level 5
 
andy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Posts: 5,592
Thanks: 635
Thanked 1,227 Times in 659 Posts
Or a gram of microbes.
__________________
Backing off on the tranqs..... petting puppies instead!
andy is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to andy For This Useful Post:
dharma (11-21-2016)
Old 11-21-2016, 05:08 PM   #3
dharma
Git it, booger.
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 5,651
Thanks: 1,133
Thanked 2,730 Times in 1,058 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by andy
Or a gram of microbes.
Too slow. But, in the years since I had the idea, grey goo—a gram would be plenty—has become an option.
dharma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2016, 05:11 PM   #4
CanadaSue
SuperModerator
 
CanadaSue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: In my gardens or online
Posts: 35,508
Blog Entries: 28
Thanks: 2,486
Thanked 11,047 Times in 5,057 Posts
Thinking very, very nano; carrier-critters engineered to provide the ideal medium to sustain pathogenic microbes. The carrier would need to be able to travel a reasonable distance & be robust enough to survive a variety of conditions.
__________________
Searching for a dream to run after & catch!
CanadaSue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2016, 06:37 PM   #5
Potemkin
Omne ignotum pro magnifico
 
Potemkin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 28,075
Blog Entries: 3
Thanks: 110
Thanked 5,821 Times in 2,882 Posts
It has started.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...jures-visitor/

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/chinese-ro...000724273.html

Chinese robot smashes into display booth, injuring guest at fair


A robot featured at a Chinese tech fair seemed to have gone rogue as it injured a visitor when it charged at a display booth.

The incident happened at the China Hi-Tech Fair, which is an annual event featuring 3,000 vendors that took place between Nov. 16 and 21 in Shenzhen.

A Nov. 18 online article by the U.K.-based Telegraph says the guerilla robot is known as Xiao Pang, which translates to Little Fatty or Little Chubby.

According to local reports, the robot barrelled into one of the booths, shattering glass and sending pieces flying into the air. One of the shards hit a visitor in the ankle, who had to be taken to a nearby hospital for stitches and has since been discharged.

As for Xiao Pang, its original intention was to connect with children between the ages of four and 12, while responding to questions by literally showing “emotions.” The robots feelings were animated by facial expressions displayed on a screen. At the time of the collision, the robot was said to be exhibiting a frowning face, as if it knew it had done something very wrong.

Rest easy — the robot’s violent act doesn’t mean this is the immediate rise of Artificial Intelligence. Rather, it appears to have happened as a result of human error. The person behind Xiao Pang’s controller simply pressed the “forward” button instead of “reverse.”

So it looks like it wasn’t really the robot’s fault, after all.
__________________
“The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, The Puppet Masters
Potemkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2016, 12:34 PM   #6
andy
Senior Level 5
 
andy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Posts: 5,592
Thanks: 635
Thanked 1,227 Times in 659 Posts
DPGs - Drone Propelled Grenades.
__________________
Backing off on the tranqs..... petting puppies instead!
andy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2016, 01:26 PM   #7
Potemkin
Omne ignotum pro magnifico
 
Potemkin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 28,075
Blog Entries: 3
Thanks: 110
Thanked 5,821 Times in 2,882 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by andy View Post
DPGs - Drone Propelled Grenades.
Probably something along the lines of a M18A1 Claymore. IOW some kind of shaped AP device but w/ remote control.

At 3.5lbs easily lift able.
__________________
“The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, The Puppet Masters
Potemkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coming, killer, robots

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.