Technology, love it, hate it, nearly everyone has some opinion on it. And often a fear of it. But is that fear founded on media malarkey, or is there really something to fear?
Take robotics for example. While it’s easy to fear some big metal monstrosity, perhaps we’re looking in the wrong direction for nefarious deeds. Legos might seem like child’s toys, but did you know that Legos can now solve a Rubik’s Cube faster than any human? That’s right! The CubeStormer II, a robot constructed from four legos Mindstorms NXTs and using a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone for computing, has just cracked the Rubik’s Cube in a mere 5.35 seconds! The former record, of us mere mortal humans, was 5.66 seconds. So we’ve just been served!
Should we congratulate Mike Dobson for designing and building it? Should we give a big pat on the back to David Gilday for programming the CubeStormer II? Or should we be at this very moment prepping our flamethrowers to melt the upcoming Lego menace?
Not sufficiently scared just yet? Okay, How about Apple’s innocent little Siri coming to steal your soul? Okay, maybe not Siri literally, since she’s so error prone, but some ghost in the machine certainly will. I’m sure you’ve already heard about Siri, how you can “talk” to your phone like it were a real person (more or less) and it will do things for you. It’s an AI personal assistant that hits all the right buttons.
So you think.
But Intel’s creepy look into this Big Brother AI future shows us just how dangerous our phones are about to become.
You thought it was your friend. But the cake was a lie. Secretly it was learning all about you, finding your weaknesses, privately exchanging your online order of Viagra for arsenic, and sending out invitations to all of your friends to join you at the new McRonald’s for a 40% off Kool-Aid sale. Come. Drink it. “Remember when the platform was sliding into the fire pit and I said ‘goodbye’…”