January 1st 2019 and the world is still spinning, here’s to hoping this is a trend and the this year is even better than the last.
I started this post right about the time this story dropped, but somehow it never made it to being posted. As the end of the year is rapidly approaching I thought I’d post it now to look back on some ridiculousness of the year.
I saw an article the other day discussing an experiment about where participants worked with a robot to perform a list of tasks. Now working with the robot is not so odd, but the twist is that after the tasks were done the participants were asked to turn off the robot. The robot began to ask or beg not to be turned off, and a significant number of the participants would not turn the robot off.
What if there was a robot that was meant to kill instead of solve puzzles, say a “kill bot”. Now what if that code to “beg for its life” was added to the kill bot and it started a fight with a human. The human could get the advantage on the kill bot and while the human were ready to deliver the ending blow the kill bot begs for its life. If the results of this study were to scale then most humans would feel sympathy and not deliver the blow giving the bot the chance to turn the tables and kill the human instead.
The experiment reminds me a lot of the Milgram experiments in the 1960’s. Sure, this example is a stretch, but what if?
Merry Christmas to all! If you happen to not celebrate Christmas then Happy Holidays to you!
Today is a day to have fun with family and friends, have good food, open silly gifts, and build memories that will last forever. I’m taking a few minutes myself to share some glad tidings and make a little post, since I realized I hadn’t posted in a while. I’m working on a year end update post and should have that up in a few days!
Finally, it’s over
Smell the freedom of the Friday
The weekend is where I belong. For those that don’t know, this is a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” used in the trailer for Fallout 76.
It’s getting weird in here …
Come get some …
Friday it is, smell it I can.
Maybe Monday is misunderstood. Maybe it doesn’t want to be associated with terrible things. Maybe it wants to be loved …