bill-swift - June 6, 2014
Can you put a price tag on our own annihilation as a species? Apperantly, it's $1930. In the history of the Earth, mass extinction has been free of charge, caused by some asteroid collision or other natural disaster. But we now stand on the brink of being killed by robots. You know it and I know it. The latest itteration of our doom is a cute little robot named Pepper made in Japan by Softbank. He can walk, talk, dance, and tell jokes. According to his creator,
"With these technologies, people can enjoy communicating with Pepper in a natural way, just like they would with friends and family. People describe others as being robots because they have no emotions, no heart. For the first time in human history, we're giving a robot a heart, emotions."
Sure, because giving robots emotions could never backfire, right? It's not like the robot might feel compelled by anger or depression to wipe out humanity or anything. Pepper is only four feet tall and weighs sixty pounds, which is enough to kill. I can see him sneaking into a bed at night and decapitating his "human friend" with a carving knife. And the worst part is that the victim have paid $1930 for their own murder.
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