Remember the first time you watched Jaws, and you subsequently refused to go swimming for the entire summer that followed? Well, this video of a robotic swimming snake is likely to have a similar impact on many of you. It’s both amazing and horrifying at the same time. Take a look for yourself, and we’ll discuss our impending aquatic doom further on down the page.
We try to stay on top of all things robotic here at GFR, so this is the sort of story that puts a big stupid grin on our faces. Because, you see, the robots are coming. Scratch that; they’re already here. Yes, during the last couple of days a series of mysterious robot sightings have been reported in and around Los Angeles. Robots hailing cabs. Robots exiting the subway. Robots lurking around darkened parking lots. Why are they here? What do they want from us? Is there some reason they seem so keen on public transportation? And does anybody have an EMP bomb we can borrow for the GFR security bunker?
Even if you’ve never heard them called by name, or even have no idea who Isaac Asimov was, I guarantee you’ve seen some version of his Three Laws of Robotics, whether in film or TV or games or literature. The Three Laws form a common backbone of programming that is designed to keep robots from killing all humans. Of course, it seems people or ‘bots are always finding ways to skirt around the Three Laws, which has made for some great stories over the years.
Here’s a great little gem from the untraveled corners of the interwebs: a young Isaac Asimov explaining the Three Laws. Take it away, Isaac.
Maybe we’ve all seen too many sci-fi movies, but yep, we’re all going to die at the hands of an army of adaptable robots. To see the latest threat to the continued survival of humanity, check out this video of a new DARPA robot, called the Pet-Proto, that has the ability to recognize obstacles and maneuver around them. It looks like you’ll have to come up with something a little more intricate that just digging pits in the ground and felling trees to discourage mechanoid invaders.
Who needs snipers anyway? Not South Korea, for one. A new advanced weapons system developed by the defense contractors DoDaam can lock onto and blast a target from up to three kilometers away. Called the Super Aegis 2, you can mount almost any kind of weapon you want on this, from machineguns to surface-to-air missiles. That’s right, you can set these things up to fire rockets at your enemies.
Love him or hate him, there’s no question that J.J. Abrams is one of the most powerful movers and shakers on the Hollywood landscape today. I try to take a measured view of the guy: I don’t think he’s infallible, nor do I think he’s the antichrist. He gave us Lost and Fringe, but he also gave us the thoroughly middling Alcatraz. So I tend to greet any new Abrams project with interest, if not necessarily optimism, and that’s the case with the upcoming science fiction pilot from Abrams and Fringe exec producer J.H. Wyman. When it was announced last month, the project was described as a “buddy cop” series set in a future where every LAPD officer is teamed with an android. Now Wyman has revealed a bit more about the still untitled series, but in the vaguest way possible.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Wyman called the show a “very big conceptual piece of television” that will delve into notions of humanity vs. technology…which seems given the general concept. “I’m sort of obsessed with the idea of… humanity vs technology and what’s happening to us,” says Wyman. “We’re interested and we can see a great platform for us to tell a massive story that deals with all these cool things.”