The human scaled #RoboApoc

This semi-weekly feature scours the internets for news of the Robot Apocalypse (#RoboApoc). I rate each item on a scale of 1 to Skynet

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Still stuck in the past.

When I think of robots (which is often) I think of humanoid robots, you know machines that look human. Maybe it is because of the pop culture robots that shaped my childhood, like C-3PO, the Terminator, or even Transformers.

After humanoid robots I think of robots that function in a human understanding of space and time, meaning robots that relate to the natural and human built world in the same scale we do.

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Beetle buildings vs. the Terminator – This week in the #RoboApoc

This is a semi-weekly feature that scours the internets for news of the Robot Apocalypse (#RoboApoc). I rate each item on a scale of 1 to Skynet

1. Handy Hank… the robot. As much as I love talking about robots I love dreaming about buildings. Buildings of all sorts. I’m especially interested in alternative buildings, odd buildings, rebel buildings. Thanks to the weirdos at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design, my two loves started dating in the form of a pavilion in the shape of a flying beetle. The building itself is not a robot (not yet) but it was built by a robot. Unlike humans, the robot can weave composite materials into structurally sound shapes.

#RoboApoc Rating – 5 While this innovation has the potential to put builders out of work, there still seems to be a bunch of human labor in the creative concepting, the design, and even the construction. And this building is just awesome. I am thinking about the potential to construct lightweight sustainable housing that could be used as we flea the coasts when the water rises, or even currently in disaster response situations. 

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Stephen Hawking is scared of Robot Bees – This week in the #RoboApoc

This is a semi-weekly feature that scours the internets for news of the Robot Apocalypse (#RoboApoc). I rate each item on a scale of 1 to Skynet

Stevie H says - CYA human, robots are coming and they don't need you.
Stevie H says – CYA human, robots are coming and they don’t need you.

1. HOLY SHIT! Stephen “Big Brain” Hawking is scared the machines will destroy us! The guy who shook up theoretical physics, the guy who knows so much more than you could ever want to know is worried about the #RoboApoc! From his May 1, 2014 Independent Column (co-written with these nerds: Stuart RussellMax TegmarkFrank Wilczek):

Whereas the short-term impact of AI [artificial intelligence] depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all. Continue reading “Stephen Hawking is scared of Robot Bees – This week in the #RoboApoc”