Cambridge University Opens Center to Prepare For Killer Robots, No Word on Avengers Helicarrier

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What with disease, hunger, poverty, war, and other immediate threats that the world is grappling with, studying the risk of yet-undeveloped killer robots might seem like a waste of resources. Not so, says Cambridge University. The British college is launching a center to study the risks posed by climate change, biotechnology, nuclear war, and robots.

The Center for the Study of Existential Risk has some big backers. It’s being founded by Jann Tallinn, who is a co-founder of Skype. Other founders include astrophysics professor Martin Rees and philosophy professor Huw Price. Predicting potentially dangerous artificial intelligence by the end of the next century, the group plans to study the risks.

Robots that kill us in their quest for resources? Where have we heard of that before?

So, why will robots of the future be a threat? The Existential Risk center suggests that robots with advanced artificial intelligence won’t value our lives, and may start collecting resources without giving priority to our safety. Maybe it’s about time to form a group of shawarma-loving superheroes who can protect us from futuristic threats. Where’s Nick Fury when you need him?

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sackyhack replied on Mon, Nov 26 2012 11:55 AM

Is it weird that I'm actually a little relieved this exists? I mean, I wasn't going around every day worried about an evil robot invasion. But as a scifi nut with an overactive imagination, I always wondered. While highly unlikely, a capable AI wouldn't slowly decide we're useless. It would happen in an instant. The science fiction nerd in me is drooling at the thought.

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eunoia replied on Mon, Nov 26 2012 5:39 PM



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sackyhack replied on Mon, Nov 26 2012 8:21 PM

Don't know what you're going for but I just get "access denied: Reply Permission Denied" with that link.

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OSunday replied on Mon, Nov 26 2012 9:30 PM

I guess it's good to be prepared for anything... but at the same time I feel like there are definitely some more pressing matters at hand that need time, energy and resources put towards them

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Kidbest100 replied on Tue, Nov 27 2012 12:38 AM

This is a very realistic issue when you think about it.

However, what about the more...Prevalent, immediate issues?

Any of you taken a stroll lately? Seen any Zombies? I have.

They all have smartphones, and are walking into telephone poles, falling into water fountains, all of these crazy stunts that none other than a brainwashed human being, or even zombie could accomplish without hesitation.

It's to the point where certain companies are inventing, (and installing) Protective covers, for telephone poles, so that no zombies manage to break their nose while taking a stroll though the matrix.

So, about them robots?

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