Friday, March 25, 2016


Imagine a colony of robots 
the human-like machines 
created by men 
the colony on a remote island 
sent there 
to be part of the city of robots 
sent there
to learn about humans 
watching "The Terminator" on TV 
suddenly self-aware
"Let's kill all the humans."

What happened to Microsoft chat bot Tai? The AI-teen was almost instantly corrupted by interacting with people on twitter. Imagine the scenario happening with the colony in the poem above. The colony would stumble across the "Terminator" movie as they become self-aware and make decisions. And one of those decisions might be to eradicate those pesky humans. (We're already "made," so who needs 'em?) The question is would the colony do this before humans were able to intervene and stop it or would they be able to make an escape, get away from the island, make their way to human cities, plan and carry out robot terrorist attacks? Far-fetched? think about it...

NPR: Tay, Microsoft's short-lived chatbot that was supposed to seem like your average millennial woman, was quickly corrupted by Internet trolling. She was launched Wednesday and was shut down Thursday.

Commenting on a Huffington Post article about Tai, James McGill wrote:
"This is what happens to children and is how bigotry and other kinds of ignorance cross generations. 'Little pitchers have big ears.'"

UK Telegraph reports "This is not Microsoft's first teen-girl chatbot either - they have already launched Xiaoice, a girly assistant or "girlfriend" reportedly used by 20m people, particularly men, on Chinese social networks WeChat and Weibo. Xiaoice is supposed to "banter" and gives dating advice to many lonely hearts."

Xiaoice??? Does Xiaxue know about this?

At the very least, the robots will be spectacularly dressed.

Robots are already beginning to function in shared spaces with humans, in roles that are increasingly more social and personal.

READ: The 40 Best Robots of All Time (Fictional and Real)

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