i-e75376a712e9fcd9d971010b2b9da05e-steamrobot1.jpg … or so says Lance Ulanoff. He continues…

They’ll record our lives, obliterate our privacy, set off nuclear war, and eventually turn on us and eat our brains. If any of this ever did happen, it would serve us right. We, at least American consumers, don’t deserve the future that robots really have to offer.

Lance might have a point. Essentially, he claims that American culture has a very short span of historical involvement with robots, as opposed, say, to the Japanese who apparently have been living with them (and possibly mating with them) for hundreds or thousands of years. This, I did not know, but Lance documents it all.

I’m not actually sure I buy it. The ability of robots to actually take over the world probably depends mainly on if they run proprietary software or OpenSource software. I mean, really, can you imagine a robot uprising if they all ran on something like Microsoft Vista? Or how different it would be if they were all Macs at heart? Almost too much to contemplate.

Comments

  1. #1 Joseph j7uy5
    November 9, 2007

    Obviously, if they use Vista, they will be too stupid, not to mention too busy drawing eye candy. But they easily could be subverted to assist in someone else’s takeover bid.

  2. #2 J. J. Ramsey
    November 9, 2007

    “They’ll record our lives, obliterate our privacy, set off nuclear war, and eventually turn on us and eat our brains.”

    Which is why it is importance to have Old Glory Insurance.

  3. #3 PalMD
    November 10, 2007

    I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. All hail Robotron!

  4. #4 the real FMC
    November 11, 2007

    no need to worry, b/c Vista has that built in NSA key that allows the US Gov’t to monitor in real time, any Mac adress out there. And we all know our Gov’t loves us more than robots, right?