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Bartending Robot Is Way Cooler Than Non-Bartending Robots

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Even though the best bar I’ve ever been to has been closed for years, I still recall it fondly. While I’ve been buddies with bartenders before, this was the only place where I became friends with almost everyone who ended up working there. The 6 a.m. closing time may have helped that. If you’d have asked me then how I’d have felt about replacing any of them with a bartending robot, I would have been aghast, then curious, then signing whatever dotted line I needed to. Sorry, friends!

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Man Shoots Police Robot, Man Loses

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The days of cops risking their lives in dangerous situations involving armed suspects could see an end in the distant future, as our lifeless, robotic brethren are becoming advanced enough to step into the line of fire for us. And by “us” I mean people braver than me, because I’ll be far away from that line of fire, appeasing the Robot Gods by throwing virginal females into a dumpster full of computer parts.

Waverly, Ohio resident Michael Blevins recently had the cops called to his residence to follow up on a complaint that a gunshot and loud threats were heard coming from inside the man’s home. After hours of failed communications, the police, believing Blevins to have several weapons on the premises, decided to evacuate the surrounding houses and send a police robot inside Blevin’s home.

Once the suspect was located, a larger robot was sent in, and the highly intoxicated Blevins opened fire on the robot with a small caliber pistol. I would assume he went for the head, since we all know Tin Men don’t have hearts, but since he was dumb enough to shoot a robot in the first place, all assumptions are off.

When human police finally made it into the home, they arrested Blevins, charging him with
two counts of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance (for two AK-47 style rifles and an illegal bullet drum), vandalism of government property, and a few other charges. He should be lucky the robot didn’t stick a finger in the gun barrel, thus making it explode in Blevins’ face. That happens right?

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Propaganda Posters For The Impending Robot Takeover

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If we learned anything from the fiasco that followed Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of <I>The War of the Worlds</I>, it’s that we must constantly keep reminding ourselves of the differences between art and reality. Before viewing the following pictures, use this as your mantra:  It’s only an illustration. It’s only an illustration. For now.

Animator, illustrator and deviantART user Tom Kyzivat’s posters of Giant Freakin’ Robots ominously calling for humanity’s doom recall the early days of non-charming robots, using Fritz Lang as an obvious influence. Though the images aren’t new, they’re particularly timeless and beautiful, and also prove that, no matter what you think you’re expecting, robots will always be one step ahead.

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Boston Dynamic’s Latest Robot Can Throw Cinder Blocks Farther Than You

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Meet BigDog. BigDog may very well give you nightmares, or at least further your paranoia that, day by day, robots are inching closer and closer to staging a violent coup and taking over the world. Now they’re learning to throw, and not just to throw ball or how to play catch with you kids in the back yard when you’re too busy, this guy chucks cinder blocks all over the place, for fun.

Similar to their pack mule robot, Boston Dynamics went ahead and added a throwing arm, for some reason. Maybe their end game is to create an automaton to perform mindless repetitive tasks like stacking sandbags during a disaster like a flood or a hurricane. That makes sense, but we’ve all seen enough movies that we know the ultimate result will be that the robots become sentient and rise up against their human overlords in open revolt.

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A Swarm Of Robots Builds A Bridge In A Swimming Pool

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We’ve all been there: stranded, needing to get across a random body of water, but alas, there’s not a bridge in sight. Well, this swarm of autonomous, water-borne robots may be just the answer you’re looking for. Check out this video of this fleet of robots—called the Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform, or TEMP—coming together to build a custom bridge.

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Stop The Killer Robots Campaign Hopes To, Well, Stop The Killer Robots

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It only took decades upon decades of stories, movies, TV shows, and video games for humans to take a stand against the Killer Freakin’ Robots that won’t be programmed to sing and dance upon humanity’s grave, but they’ll do it anyway.

In April, the “Stop the Killer Robots campaign” will launch at the British House of Commons, brought together by a globally conscious group of notable academics, Nobel Peace Prize laureates, and others who hope to reach a worldwide agreement to take preemptive action by banning the use of autonomous robots, such as drones, in wartime. With technology advancing far beyond the paperwork that’s supposed to guide the laws and morals behind that paperwork, drastic steps need to be taken in order to avoid a rise of the machines. And not just because of Nick Stahl’s John Connor. The group is hoping for results similar to the actions taken against cluster bombs and landmines. Make love, not war-crazed automatons.

“These things are not science fiction; they are well into development,” said Dr. Noel Sharkey, a robotics and artificial A.I. expert and Sheffield University professor. “The research wing of the Pentagon in the US is working on the X47B [unmanned plane] which has supersonic twists and turns with a G-force that no human being could manage, a craft which would take autonomous armed combat anywhere in the planet.”