Best laid plans …

It occurs to me that at the time of me writing this, it is the middle of March … the last time I posted was back in January … Seems that 2019 wanted to follow in the footsteps of 2018, but I have other plans…

Last year got a rough, I was traveling a lot for work and had a lot of efforts going on all at the same time. Most everything I was working on personally ended up being put on hold and stacks of things added up. A combination of laziness and the general malaise of depression.

2019 is a new year and getting the year started off right, I made a resolution of sorts to read (or listen to) a book every month, and I have actually exceeded that goal, so I am going to take some of that effort and put it into words… yep book reviews. I am going to go back to posting music on Mondays to get the week started off (starting with some ‘Viking metal’). I made some changes last year because of a work related project, as that is done the celebration of Friday resumes!

I have one or three other things planned, let us see how they play out. Till next time.

Don’t Give Give the Kill Bot the Life Begging Routines

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.

Source: New study finds it’s harder to turn off a robot when it’s begging for its life – The Verge

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 and Happy Holidays!

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!