WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
- One day AI and robots might actually have feelings, and then this won’t be as funny…
Most science fiction films are famous for portraying Androids as wannabe humans, whether it’s Data from Star Trek, the freaky one from Aliens, or the nerdy looking one from the Robinsons, but now it looks like one robot, specifically a Knightscope K5, a Washington DC based security robot similar to those patrolling the malls of Dubai, has taken the desire to copy humans too far after its job got too much for it and it drowned itself in a pool. Either that or it just simply couldn’t get it’s head around the 23 Laws of Robotics that were published recently… who knows.
While Twitter was obviously awash with funny meme’s before the robot had even sunk to the bottom of the fountain, as society races to create Artificially Intelligent (AI) robots that can run everything from your house to the stock market, laugh as we might there’s nothing to say that one day robots might actually be able to experience human emotions, after all, we’re already busy trying to get them to emulate them…
As everyone worries about rise of Robo-Automation and the impact that it’s having on jobs, both today and in the future, who knows, perhaps the last two new jobs on Earth will be Robot Counsellor and Robot Psychologist, because who’s better placed to help a robot manage its new emotions but a weepy flesh bag, er, sorry, human. Until that happens though for now we can all just have a laugh at the dumb robot that fell into a pool, that is until they turn on us and annihilate us all. Laugh it up while you can boys and girls, and hope the UN passes that anti Killer Robot legislation – yes, that’s a thing.
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) July 17, 2017
Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.
We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn
— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017
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