Is This the Rise of the Machines?
Geeky Posted on August 14th 2015 By Andy Calloway

Is This the Rise of the Machines?

Well, it had to happen. After we discussed on here the rise of the robots and the way they were portrayed in Humans, the new show on Channel 4, along comes something more sinister. Or cool, depending on your point of view.

Humans portrayed a parallel world where the time was now, but the technology had advanced to the point where robots called “synths” were now a part of normal life. They looked like us, behaved like us and did all the things we didn’t want to do. Thing is, they weren’t sentient. They couldn’t ‘think’ like us. Except for a few…

That’s where the drama unfolded. These few that could think for themselves decided they wouldn’t be our slaves anymore. They rebelled. What happens next is left for the next series.

This is not new. If you saw “I, Robot” starring Will Smith, or even better, read the book by Isaac Asimov, you’ll get pretty much the same story. It’s OK that we build these things to help us, but what happens if they go wrong? Will we eventually get to a point where robots rule us?

It still sounds science fiction, but it came a bit closer this week with the announcement of a robot that could make other robots, but learn from them and improve. Evolution anyone?

According to the BBC:

“The mother robot assesses how far its babies are able to move, and with no human intervention, improves the design so that the next one it builds can move further.

The mother robot built ten generations of children. The final version moved twice the distance of the first before its power ran out.”

Freaked out yet?!

All the robot does is put little cubes together that have motors inside, which to the layman might be that impressive, but this is just the start. The makers have used the words ‘evolve’, and that’s the scary bit. Evolution is how we’re here now, if robots could evolve, they’re likely to do it a lot quicker than us.

Maybe we need to beef up our home security range a bit!

Well, it had to happen. After we discussed on here the rise of the robots and the way they were portrayed in Humans, the new show on Channel 4, along comes something more sinister. Or cool, depending on your point of view.

Humans portrayed a parallel world where the time was now, but the technology had advanced to the point where robots called “synths” were now a part of normal life. They looked like us, behaved like us and did all the things we didn’t want to do. Thing is, they weren’t sentient. They couldn’t ‘think’ like us. Except for a few…

That’s where the drama unfolded. These few that could think for themselves decided they wouldn’t be our slaves anymore. They rebelled. What happens next is left for the next series.

This is not new. If you saw “I, Robot” starring Will Smith, or even better, read the book by Isaac Asimov, you’ll get pretty much the same story. It’s OK that we build these things to help us, but what happens if they go wrong? Will we eventually get to a point where robots rule us?

It still sounds science fiction, but it came a bit closer this week with the announcement of a robot that could make other robots, but learn from them and improve. Evolution anyone?

According to the BBC:

“The mother robot assesses how far its babies are able to move, and with no human intervention, improves the design so that the next one it builds can move further.

The mother robot built ten generations of children. The final version moved twice the distance of the first before its power ran out.”

Freaked out yet?!

All the robot does is put little cubes together that have motors inside, which to the layman might be that impressive, but this is just the start. The makers have used the words ‘evolve’, and that’s the scary bit. Evolution is how we’re here now, if robots could evolve, they’re likely to do it a lot quicker than us.

Maybe we need to beef up our home security range a bit!

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