Ultra Rich Seek Autonomous Killer Robots for “Post Event”
Back in May the U.S. Air Force put out a video on the “Robotic Ghost Dog” with which these weapons are designed to be used, showing the machines jogging, standing up after being flipped over and even dancing. All of which becomes a lot less cutesy when you imagine them performing these maneuvers while carrying a gun designed to blow apart skulls from a kilometer away.
Rushkoff writes that eventually it became clear that the foremost concern of these plutocrats was maintaining control over a security force which would protect their estates from the rabble in a post-apocalyptic world where money might not mean anything. I encourage you to read the following paragraph from the article carefully, because it says so much about how these people see our future, our world, and their fellow human beings:
“This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless? What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader? The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers — if that technology could be developed in time.”
Great find Mike. I have always suspected that robotics would be a key component in their schemes and would also mark a turning point in their thinking. Somewhere along the way they came to the realization that human input into manufacturing, wars and security was so 20th century and had many weak spots. Although the robotic dogs appear formidable as a security force I still believe they would have to be supplemented by human input. Hacking, jamming and possibly swarming these machines with decoys would be some tactics that immediately come to mind that could be effectively used against them. But still to say the least this is definitely a frightening development that will undoubtedly embolden them to continue with their malfeasance. The last paragraph really sums up our situation.
We are ruled by warmongers and sociopaths, and none of them have healthy plans for our future. They are not kind, and they are not wise. They’re not even particularly intelligent. Unless we can find some way to pry their fingers from the steering wheel of our world so we can turn away from the direction we are headed, things will probably get very dark and scary.
Yeah. I wouldn’t put my faith in robots. As a software engineer, I always wonder: “so who exactly is writing the code here?” And then: “who does the code reviews?”
In other words, the software engineering team is the new “praetorean guard.”
At one point, back in the Roman Empire, the Praetorian guard was selling off the office of Emperor to the highest bidder. Imagine. If you controlled all those robots. Think maybe you have more power than the Oligarch? Gee – maybe?
Basically what the Oligarchy is saying is, “I will hand my life over to this group of software engineers under the assumption that there aren’t any back doors in the software they’ve written.”
Likewise – no bugs. And no vulnerabilities. Bugs = the Oligarch dies.
Seriously. Good luck with that.
Maybe call it: “revenge of the nerds?”
My limited understanding of reflective neural networks is that the code is self assembling. It is an emergent property.
My confusion begins with who sets the goals, and how are the goals set?
Nice way to live…in constant paranoia. No thanks, I’d rather be dead.
Those robot guards have limits too. Limited ammo, limited battery life, limited environmental tolerance. I imagine installing an anus in the chassis of those robots via 5.56 might make them a lot more vulnerable… and which billionaire has the wherewithall to make those repairs or cobble parts from the pieces of their mansion.
It’ll work for about 6 months and then the rats will succumb to the inevitable and unpredictable. I say bring it on, and let them march onward confident in their delusion.
Time to watch the Trailer of “I, Robot” again.
So, those videos showing the robots jumping, running and getting up? Those are preprogrammed, pre-rehearsed scenarios. Its just like Elon Musk’s “self driving car” scam. He suckered alot of people by releasing videos to the media of “driverless cars” going through obstacles, turning, stopping on a dime and etc..
The technology to program a computer to do something has been around for a very long time. Creating a computer that can read live situations, in real time, make accurate assessments, and execute the correct action…all almost instantly…does not exist. And that’s the hard part.
Building a robot to walk or run is pretty impressive, but it’s child’s play compared to building a real, autonomous, AI robot. Thats very far in the future if at all. The only way something like this might be useful with current technology is through some kind of remote control. Something almost like a drone where you could operate the thing from a safe location.
But think about this; A tractor is almost like a robot for a farmer. Getting in a tractor is almost like putting on a robot. It has implements that can attach and detach…arms for digging, bucket for carrying, blades for cutting, etc. It makes me 10x more effective than I can be by myself. They’ve been making tractors for 100 years. Thats alot of time to work out the bugs, and really perfect the thing, yes?
Even so, I’m elbow deep in grease on a regular basis trying to keep those things running. I have a whole garage full of tools just for the purpose, and its taken me a decade to learn enough to keep them running [ and Im still no where near a real a mechanic ]. Now you’re telling me that they are going to create a whole new, super complex thing like that, and the average rich guy is going to be able to keep it running? No way. He’d need a couple of mechanics, computer techs, and a warehouse full of spare parts…not to mention access to power…back up generators…parts and such for THOSE.
Not going to happen. Forget robots. My advice for those people is; dont be a jerk. Let people in, share what you have, chose wisely who you let in, they will be your protection, your partners, and your tribe. Trying to maintain your status as being above others in such a world will be suicide.
we should just make sure the bots run on Windows -> problem solved 😀
PS…Just as Im thinking about this, I have to say I really feel sorry for those people. To be so separated from humanity that you feel you need a robot to protect you from other people. Its really heart breaking when you think about it.
They feel threatened by people and they have nobody they feel they can trust to protect them. I see them on a hill somewhere, in a dilapidated mansion, all alone, clinging to their “things”, terrified of other people.
Im not a rich guy, I have some assets and my humble farm here but at least I know some people that I can trust. Friends that have proven to have decent character. I’d be thrilled to open my doors to them. My wife knows their wives, my kid plays with their kids, we’ve broken bread many times…..good solid people. They’re not trained super soldiers but they can be trusted. They’re smart, capable, decent folk, and they can pull a trigger too if it comes to it.
A bullet from a lever action 30-30, shot by an experienced hunter will kill you just as dead as an AR15 shot by a green beret.