Thursday, September 13, 2012

"It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead."

So go the famous lines from the 1984 sci-fi action thriller The Terminator; lines which succinctly describe your dire situation when you are being tracked by a robot assassin.

That bit of monologue from The Terminator entered my mind while watching the capabilities of 21st Century robot technology.  I don't know how to say this any more elegantly:  This is some scary shit!

Check out the following robots who, within the next few years or decades, could be working for a police force or military near you:





Uh, freaky.

Oh, and if you think you can simply outrun these slow-moving automatons, they already thought of one more you can't outrun.  In fact, this one just recently ran faster than Usain Bolt when he set the 100m world record:



I think the quadri-ped robot scares me more, especially when watching it regain its balance after being pushed or while walking on ice and snow. How in heaven's name did the engineers get the robots to find their equilibrium? In the Terminator movies, SkyNet became self-aware and began wiping out the human race on August 29, 1997. That date has come and gone, but let's hope that kind of prediction stays in science-fiction movies.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Police state is emerging.

Anonymous said...

Police state is emerging.

Anonymous said...

Um . .. Big Dog just gave away our position.