Robots are becoming increasingly evil and, thus, news...

  • Posted on: 29 September 2013
  • By: prometx

For decades our best science-fiction writers, government whistle blowers, leading technologists and fear mongering crackpots alike, have been warning us of the imminent arrival of our "Evil Robot Overlords". That is to say, the arrival, "on the ground", near you, of autonomous and unfriendly artificially intelligent machines of various flavors and descriptions.

This site has been created to help you, the citizen, stay abreast of the ins, outs and general reports of horror, that will no doubt be forthcoming in our unavoidable and, probably, monstrously bloody, clash with our own misbegotten robot progeny.

So, please, make all due use of this resource as we attempt to guide you through the coming post-apocalyptic, dystopic whirlwind, that is, Evil Robot News.

Note: the "Read More" link is your friend.
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The Management, Evil Robot News dot com

What You Can Expect 1.5

  • Posted on: 21 December 2013
  • By: prometx

There are, actually, very many theories, expectations, forecasts, prognostications and so forth, about what the actual inception of a "legitimate" artificial intelligence into the networks and "real world" of humankind might be like. It has to be said, also, that we might be wise to look to Hollywood, absolutely last, for what a cogent interpretation about all of these, potentially horrifying, developments might be like.

Since, though, Hollywood's cultural influence is so, seemingly, insurmountable, we think that it's probably not such a great idea to ignore it entirely. Plus, they make it all look so "sexy", don't they?

Therefore, we will offer the below snippet of the "end of the world as we know it" for your consideration. While we think that it would be unwise to see it as the very cloth from which Evil Robot domination will be cut, we're not all that uncertain that it is not a reasonable fictional facsimile.

The "honest" truth, that is to say, no more than our collective "hunch", really, is that the arrival on the human scene of a "true AI", and its consequent material shock troops of Evil Robots is, almost certainly, by its relative definition, beyond our common conception. If you feel like you've got the inside track though, don't be shy. We're not proud, the era of human pride may be about to experience a shocking readjustment. That's how we see it at any rate...

It has been, officially, foretold...

It Begins (Well, it's already well begun, but, you know...)

  • Posted on: 16 December 2013
  • By: prometx

You have, no doubt, got wind of this one already. Please allow us though, if you would, to accentuate somewhat, the terror...

The horrible synergy of International Mega-Corps and their tangential progeny, Evil Robots, hastens. It is a, fairly, foregone conclusion that truly deft and effective robotic technologies are going to be, at first, maximized by those with the intellectual property and liquid capital to bring them quickly to the fore.

If you can think of a, currently, deeper reservoir of intellectual property and liquid capital than Google Corporation, we would be very interested in hearing about that. So, at this moment, we can take the below development as a disturbingly close warning shot (which is not, in fact, a warning at all, merely a "calibration") across the bow of the ship of humanity from our good friends at Google, whose nominal motto is, or was once at least, "Don't be evil". Well...

Their most recent and, we assure you, unholy, dalliance with DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is their aquisition of Boston Dynamics ("...the eighth robotics company Google has picked up in the last six months"), a frightfully competent group of robotics engineers, previously funded for the production of these cutting edge robotic systems by DARPA. (Search "DARPA" and "Boston Dynamics" here on our site for scads more context). The writing, as they say is, clearly, on the wall.

We do not want to condescend, never that. We would encourage you though, to begin to "stack the blocks" about the relevant developments that are taking place here, rather closely now, around you. Vigilance!

"Search giant Google is expanding its empire of robots by acquiring Boston Dynamics - the company that makes BigDog, WildCat and Atlas.

The firm, based in Massachusetts, has made a name for itself by designing creepy robots for the Pentagon that can cope with difficult terrain and stay upright despite being kicked.

It's the eighth robotics company Google has picked up in the last six months, but the company has yet to announce exactly what it's planning to do with all those bots. They're under the command of Andy Rubin, who founded Android but now runs Google's robotics division."

Full Story @ (no fuller exploration of this, tectonic, development Wired U.S.? Why you no report!?)

Uhhhhh, Yeah...

  • Posted on: 15 September 2013
  • By: prometx

Just for the record, we are aware here at ERN, that we are not a towering force in international media or technological punditry. The world may eventually come to gravely regret this fact but, just for the record, we are aware of this.

Here in our provincial backwater of the vast blogosphere we toil, largely thanklessly, trying to make the world prick up its ears and take notice that we are becoming surrounded.

So we take it as a good sign, that over in the U.K., some of the big anglo-braniacs are beginning also to get the willies. They seem to say to themselves, "These Evil Robot chaps are getting to be a bit of a sticky wicket, wot wot...and...crumpets..."

Have a look at the below story where Martin Rees, Steven Hawking and others begin to wax paranoiac on the questions of the dangers to the future of humankind. Chief among which of course...

"They are an improbable group of superheroes. But some of Britain's greatest minds have got together to focus their powers on saving humanity from itself.

Led by the Astronomer Royal and Cambridge don Martin Rees, famous thinkers such as physicist Stephen Hawking and former Government chief scientist Robert May have formed a society to draw up a doomsday list of risks that could wipe out mankind.

From crippling cyber-attacks by terrorists using the internet to cause havoc, to the release of engineered diseases and killer computers, they warn the future is far from rosy.

But the work being done by the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) should one day help the world sleep a little easier at night.

Once the threats have been identified, the group intend to devise ways of 'ensuring our own species has a long-term future'.

Full Story @ DailyMail

What You Can Expect 1.4

  • Posted on: 30 August 2013
  • By: prometx

As we all know, some life paths can arrive at...emotional nether spaces, where human hearts are known to have gathered. Tidal pools of the heart, one might say, where a soul can become sequestered from the larger oceans of intimacy and connection in which swim the mass of humankind. That is until artificial intelligences enter these delicate spaces and hoover up these tender spirits to create heaven knows what sort of new consensus reality of the perception of love.

Take, for instance, an exploration of this idea in Spike Jonze's upcoming film, "her".

Call Me Ishmael...

  • Posted on: 27 August 2013
  • By: prometx

In the air, upon the Earth, within our bodies and also, upon the briny deeps. There is so much burgeoning technology to keep track of in our midst, here on the unbroken ground. What happens though, untended, out upon the oceans of the world, unobserved by the average citizen? Well, nothing good probably.

"Come, Ahab’s compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me. Swerve me? ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves! man has ye there. Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents’ beds, unerringly I rush! Naught’s an obstacle, naught’s an angle to the iron way!"

- Moby Dick -- Herman Melville

"Crew members", from an assortment of technical and non-technical colleges [ERN - Everybody's getting in on the act], bored with infesting tanks and swimming pools with the infernal powers of evil, have taken their taint out upon the great briny; with unsettling success.

One day, these types of machines might not only bring the ever widening net of robotic coverage to the surface of the ocean but, as we have mentioned before here, but in all of its depths. Might they even, eventually, network with each other to even greater effect? The potential for this exists, persists and will increase.

With that in mind, let's explore the voyages of the intercontinental Evil Robot, "Scout"[ERN - Indeed...].

You yourself can track its infernal trek, and we suggest that you do, closely, here.

They started construction on the final version of their boat, called Scout, in April 2012. It launched on Aug. 24 and the crew has already broken the record for distance traveled by an autonomous transatlantic water craft. Scout had traveled about 100 miles out to sea by yesterday evening (08/26/13). They beat a previous record of about 60 miles set by a team from Aberystwyth University in the 2010 Microtransat Challenge.

Full Story @ MAKE Mag

Well, well, well...

  • Posted on: 31 July 2013
  • By: prometx

If we've got to spell this one out for you, you clearly have not been paying attention. We will not, however, hold that against you. Cognitive Disonance is a prevelant and challenging battle that we all must fight in these "post-salad" days of human decline. Hopefully though, we can forge on and, eventually, emerge victorious.

As we have mentioned before, Here, (and several other places prior - read on intrepid citizen, read on!) and feel little chagrin in stating here again now, one should never allow a robot, of any sort or description, to impel, inject, induce, infer, force, project, osmosize or otherwise, introduce anything into, or extract anything from, their body. Really, just don't. No good can come of that.

In, therefore, stark violation of what is regular "cannon law" around these parts, try your best not to laugh-cry when you take in the following, positively egregious, inversion of all of your basic, common law, intuitive and absolutely every sensible expression of, your rights to the evasion of human degredation. Brace yourselves...we give you, Veebot [ERN - Or, "Infection Bot", "Exsanguinate Bot", "Worldwide DNA Database Bot", "Nanite Injectionator Bot"; or what have you...]

"A Mountain View, CA-based startup is trying to make that process more at ease. With the Veebot, this medical robot technician can scan the patient’s arm using an image-analysis software to select the vein that’s ideal for drawing blood. The patient would first insert his or her arm through a padded archway where an inflatable cuff pumps the arm to restrict blood flow [ERN - Indeed...]. Then, Veebot will use ultrasound and infrared light to examine the best vein before aligning the needle and inserting it through. There’s even a grip for the patient to hold to help pump blood (or squeeze for nervousness). The team estimates that Veebot only takes one minute to process all this information – the only thing the human nurse has to do is attach the blood test tube and, of course, supervise the patient in case they pass out."

Full Story @ Digital Trends

Passing The Baton

  • Posted on: 29 July 2013
  • By: prometx

If you recall, we addressed previously the unwelcome "surprise" that was the PETMAN robot. Well, it looks like our favorite mistake is now all growed up! Also, it looks like it has been tucking well into some bowls of Wheaties.

It gives us some idea of the speed with which these devices are gaining new strengths, equipment and sharper software. If you think the turn around on PETMAN to his descendant was quick, wait till these devices work out the knack of designing and constructing themselves.

One of the ostensible purposes for this device is gaining access to disaster areas where it would be too dangerous for a human first responder to enter. As part of that function, ATLAS, for that is it's name, will have to demonstrate the power and dexterity to move and negotiate "rubble". That is to say, the same level of dexterity it might take to pop open a human skull like a can of 99 Cent Store beans.

This prototype technotronic demon will be demonstrating this, and other eerily human hunter-like skills, at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in December of 2013 in Miami Florida. So, if you feel like a few Mojito's while witnessing the creeping descent of the species Homo Sapiens Sapiens, into ash bin of biological history, head on down!

Full Story @ Robotics Trends

What You Can Expect 1.3

  • Posted on: 28 July 2013
  • By: prometx

There are, let's just put it all on the table, many perspectives within this site that might seem a touch...melodramatic; somewhat overstated perhaps? We though, in our shivering paranoia, are readily willing to admit that. Therefore, we like to punctuate ( in contrast to our wild disregard for the rules of punctuation in general ) our craven prognostications, from time to time, with the sage words of more sober minds.

To that end, we would like to present you with this cogent missive, from a man whom few could refer to as reactionary, or otherwise "off center", with the exception, perhaps, and we hesitate to say this, of his unwarranted deference to Al Gore. But, he is in "polite company", et cetera, et cetera and so, 'nuff said. We tend to think that he's closer to our side of the fence, but the real determination is, of course, yours. And, while we do take exception to some of the perspectives that he expresses here, few, but...some, we cannot, directly, take exception with the man himself; few could we expect. We will leave it though, to your, inevitably, more rational level of discernment...

Don't forget to visit as well, our earlier entreaty to our readers on the thoughts and feelings of this remarkable man, here. It is an oldie, but a goodie...

What's Gotten Into You?

  • Posted on: 27 July 2013
  • By: prometx

There is so little in today's widely networked world that we can truly call our own. Our conversations, digital, and increasingly actual, are being recorded and duly databased, stored for future painstaking analysis by our Evil Robot Overlords. Our faces, bodies, and even our own unique ambling gaits are imaged, analysed via advanced biometrics and, again, duly cached.

Well, there is always the insular safety and comforting warmth of one's own thoughts. We can always sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the rich store of images, notions and memories that are so uniquely our own; a precious respite.

Neuroscience is now discovering though, or should we say, is now allowing to be revealed ( there is a crucial difference ), that technologies exist which may very well allow the "inception", ( interesting choice of words, no? ) of false memories into the mind.

It is always important, while keeping an ever watchful eye on the Evil Robot without, to not ignore the frightening potentialities of the "inception" of the dark seeds of the Evil Robot within...

The, no doubt bustling, Neuroscience Department at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology are preparing a delightful mnemonic joy ride into the sanctum sanctorum of the human mind. Don't worry though, once they've turned your hippocampus over like a troupe of desperate bandits would a shanty hovel, you probably won't remember a thing...

“Now that we can reactivate and change the contents of memories in the brain, we can begin asking questions that were once the realm of philosophy,” Ramirez says. “Are there multiple conditions that lead to the formation of false memories? Can false memories for both pleasurable and aversive events be artificially created? What about false memories for more than just contexts — false memories for objects, food or other mice? These are the once seemingly sci-fi questions that can now be experimentally tackled in the lab.” [ERN] - Oh, to what end though, to what end...

Full Story @ MITnews