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Fighting back against the Terminator cars.

People like this guy waving his gun at a driverless Waymo van in Arizona are attacking self-driving vehicles with rocks, knives, and *their own cars*, sending a message to tech companies like Waymo, which is owned by Alphabet (Google's parent company). That message is, please go experiment with artificial intelligence in somebody else’s neighborhood.

In the video above, a pissed off guy in Chandler, Arizona waves his gun at a passing Waymo van. He got in trouble for it, but man, I can empathize. By the way, the image was captured by surveillance cameras on the Waymo van, provided to the police, and sort of proving the dude's point. There have been accidents in the area involving the autonomous vans.

The New York Times reports on the tire-slashing of a driverless vehicle that once happily roamed the streets of Chandler, which isn't far from Phoenix. There have been 21 violent attacks on driverless cars there in the last few years. Waymo started testing self-driving vehicles in Chandler in 2016. Waymo did not ask the human residents if they were cool with it.

They're not cool with it.

https://boingboing.net/2018/12/31/gfy-self-driving-cars.html
 

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There's going to be a nasty accident for sure with one of those cars if luddites keep trying to sabotage them. If it carries on like this there will be someone trying to drive them off the road (and into someone else).
 
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Hate crimes against robots!

A hitchhiking robot was beheaded in Philadelphia. A security robot was punched to the ground in Silicon Valley. Another security bot, in San Francisco, was covered in a tarpaulin and smeared with barbecue sauce.

Why do people lash out at robots, particularly those that are built to resemble humans? It is a global phenomenon. In a mall in Osaka, Japan, three boys beat a humanoid robot with all their strength. In Moscow, a man attacked a teaching robot named Alantim with a baseball bat, kicking it to the ground, while the robot pleaded for help.

Why do we act this way? Are we secretly terrified that robots will take our jobs? Upend our societies? Control our every move with their ever-expanding capabilities and air of quiet malice?

https://www.irishtimes.com/business...n-like-robots-keep-getting-attacked-1.3765593
 

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Hate crimes against robots!

A hitchhiking robot was beheaded in Philadelphia. A security robot was punched to the ground in Silicon Valley. Another security bot, in San Francisco, was covered in a tarpaulin and smeared with barbecue sauce.

Why do people lash out at robots, particularly those that are built to resemble humans? It is a global phenomenon. In a mall in Osaka, Japan, three boys beat a humanoid robot with all their strength. In Moscow, a man attacked a teaching robot named Alantim with a baseball bat, kicking it to the ground, while the robot pleaded for help.

Why do we act this way? Are we secretly terrified that robots will take our jobs? Upend our societies? Control our every move with their ever-expanding capabilities and air of quiet malice?
More than one scifi author has mooted a technology backlash (e.g. Asimov, Frank Herbert).

In my own (non-scifi) thoughts, it seems to me that a tachnology backlash, possibly catalysed by robots (especially humanoid robots) but not limited to robots, is almost a certainty at some point, taking very large scale 'directions of travel' of technological, social, political and economic issues into account.
 

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Luddite

""The Luddites were a secret oath-based organization[1] of English textile workers in the 19th century, where a radical faction destroyed textile machinery as a form of protest. The group was protesting the use of machinery in a "fraudulent and deceitful manner" to get around standard labour practices.[2] Luddites feared that the time spent learning the skills of their craft would go to waste, as machines would replace their role in the industry.[3] It is a misconception that the Luddites protested against the machinery itself in an attempt to halt the progress of technology. Over time, however, the term has come to mean one opposed to industrialisation, automation, computerisation, or new technologies in general.[4] The Luddite movement began in Nottingham at a time in England when voting was reserved for a grammar-schooled elite representing a mere three percent of the total population. Lack of suffrage together with oppressive laws from Parliament culminated in a region-wide rebellion that lasted from 1811 to 1816. Mill and factory owners took to shooting protesters and eventually the movement was suppressed with legal and military force. "
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite

See the real reason we need a wall in the US is to block the Mexicans from replacing the robots!

In final analysis the technocrats and their computers and robots rule - People are always second!
 
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Hate crimes against robots!

A hitchhiking robot was beheaded in Philadelphia. A security robot was punched to the ground in Silicon Valley. Another security bot, in San Francisco, was covered in a tarpaulin and smeared with barbecue sauce.

Why do people lash out at robots, particularly those that are built to resemble humans? It is a global phenomenon. In a mall in Osaka, Japan, three boys beat a humanoid robot with all their strength. In Moscow, a man attacked a teaching robot named Alantim with a baseball bat, kicking it to the ground, while the robot pleaded for help.

Why do we act this way? Are we secretly terrified that robots will take our jobs? Upend our societies? Control our every move with their ever-expanding capabilities and air of quiet malice?

https://www.irishtimes.com/business...n-like-robots-keep-getting-attacked-1.3765593
And some robots are already lashing out at people; For example:

10 Scariest A.I. Robot Moments


And some of the younger robot attackers are probably gaming addicts. playing some games where
a robot or robot army has to be beaten to win.

Then again maybe some are afraid of what is already happening........

KILLER ROBOTS ARE COMING: Google & Tesla Beg Awareness
 

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And some robots are already lashing out at people; For example:

10 Scariest A.I. Robot Moments


And some of the younger robot attackers are probably gaming addicts. playing some games where
a robot or robot army has to be beaten to win.

Then again maybe some are afraid of what is already happening........

KILLER ROBOTS ARE COMING: Google & Tesla Beg Awareness
I'm fond of this vid when someone decided to see what would happen if Will Smith tried to chat up Sophia

 
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And some robots are already lashing out at people; For example:

10 Scariest A.I. Robot Moments


And some of the younger robot attackers are probably gaming addicts. playing some games where
a robot or robot army has to be beaten to win.

Then again maybe some are afraid of what is already happening........

KILLER ROBOTS ARE COMING: Google & Tesla Beg Awareness
The SJWs will take the side of the Robots.
 

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The following is not only informative, speculative and interesting - but near the end mystical and postulates
some really interesting possibilities........

THE AI MIND IN THE CLOUD

HAS THE SINGULARITY ALREADY HAPPENED?
Sophia the AI Robot Says The Darndest Things! HAS THE SINGULARITY HAPPENED? Artificial Intelligence


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“I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.”
― Alan Turing, Computing machinery and intelligence

“People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they're too stupid and they've already taken over the world.”
― Pedro Domingos
 
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Cassie the robot loves snow!

THIS IS NOT a story about how the polar vortex is bad—bad for the human body, bad for public transportation, bad for virtually everything in its path. This is a story about how one being among us is actually taking advantage of the historic cold snap: Cassie the bipedal robot. While humans suffer through the chill, this trunkless pair of ostrich-like legs is braving the frozen grounds of the University of Michigan, for the good of science.

“When we saw the announcement for the polar vortex, we started making plans to see how long we could operate in that kind of weather,” says roboticist Jessy Grizzle. “We were going to tie a scarf on her just so it looked cute, but we decided people would think that was keeping her warm and affecting the experiment, so we didn't.”

Scarves aside, this is vital research for a future in which robots tackle not just polar vortices but any number of other brutal environments. ...

https://www.wired.com/story/the-pun... NL 013119 (1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
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I just had to prove to Twitter that I wasn't a Robot. Fooled them!

Anyway, in this case the doctor using the robot lacks human empathy.

A doctor in California told a patient he was going to die, using a robot with a video-link screen.

Ernest Quintana, 78, was at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont when a doctor - appearing on the robot's screen - informed him that he would die within a few days. A family friend wrote on social media that it was "not the way to show value and compassion to a patient".

The hospital says it "regrets falling short" of the family's expectations. Mr Quintana died the next day.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47510038?ocid=socialflow_twitter
 

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I just had to prove to Twitter that I wasn't a Robot. Fooled them!

Anyway, in this case the doctor using the robot lacks human empathy.

A doctor in California told a patient he was going to die, using a robot with a video-link screen.

Ernest Quintana, 78, was at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont when a doctor - appearing on the robot's screen - informed him that he would die within a few days. A family friend wrote on social media that it was "not the way to show value and compassion to a patient".

The hospital says it "regrets falling short" of the family's expectations. Mr Quintana died the next day.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47510038?ocid=socialflow_twitter
Like so many stories today that are meant to trigger outrage (OUTRAGE! :willy:OUTRAGE!), there's more to the story, and it turns out the story is not really outrageous. Other reports are that this family had already had a face-to-face conversation with a real live doctor about their grandfather's imminent end-of-life. Just another bunch of self-absorbed drama queens craving attention. I despair.
 
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Like so many stories today that are meant to trigger outrage (OUTRAGE! :willy:OUTRAGE!), there's more to the story, and it turns out the story is not really outrageous. Other reports are that this family had already had a face-to-face conversation with a real live doctor about their grandfather's imminent end-of-life. Just another bunch of self-absorbed drama queens craving attention. I despair.
That is all very well but what about Twitter thinking that I was a robot?
 
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