Anytime “Skynet” is trending on social media, and there isn’t a film a couple of gubernatorial time-traveling robotic being introduced, it could actually solely imply one factor: the mainstream noticed a robotic sneeze or one thing and everybody’s operating round in circles screaming that the sky is falling.

Why is that this scary? I really feel like I missed a memo. Did alien overlords come down and declare that each one future fight can be settled by way of dance-offs between robots and people over the weekend?

As a result of, if that’s not what occurred, the hundreds of you freaking out over this are simply fooling around.

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Sorry to crap in your “jokes,” everybody on Twitter, however each time Boston Dynamics teaches a robotic to bounce or do gymnastics you folks tweet storm the identical factor: oh no! It’s the top!

And also you don’t must be an AI knowledgeable to know that’s not the case. 

It’s as if these dance movies have subliminal messages that hypnotize the general public into forgetting easy information. Atlas, the robotic in query, isn’t new. It’s been round since 2013 and Boston Dynamics repeatedly releases movies of it imitating human actions. Actually, the video persons are reacting to is a couple of 12 months previous.

As cool as Atlas is, its present declare to fame is that it… doesn’t fall down when it does issues that people can usually do.

Extra importantly: we have already got fully-autonomous killer robots. The distinction between a Predator drone and Atlas-the-dancing-robot, is that the Predator drone can fly as quick as a jet and carries almost 4,000lbs of munitions.

[Read: Everything you need to know about the drone used by the US to assassinate an Iranian general]

In all equity although, I do not know if the Predator can dab.

The rationale folks concern Atlas however don’t get on Twitter each single day to shriek about the opportunity of Predator drones attacking us is sort of easy: drones don’t seem like folks so we belief them.

5 years in the past, this knowledgeable stated “in a number of years” these machines would transfer quicker than the human eye can monitor. Thus far, it’s just about simply gotten higher at dancing.

The one factor Atlas can do {that a} human can’t is take a number of bullets with out screaming “ouch.” It falls down identical to folks do, it’s not shock proof, it’s solely as sensible because it’s been skilled to be, and it weighs lower than 200lbs. You’re not mounting a rail gun on this factor, that’s for positive.

In different phrases: it’s about as harmful as a police officer or soldier. In a struggle between Atlas and a Predator drone, the one approach Atlas wins is that if it breaks into the hangar whereas the Predator is charging.

Actually, a DJI drone hovering a meter above Atlas’ head with a bucket of oil might most likely put the massive bot on its butt. This isn’t a knock towards Boston Dynamics, that’s simply the way in which the bodily universe works.

People usually are not the last word bodily killing machine. Relating to making a homicide bot, we’re a crappy base design to start out with. We don’t fly, we’re among the many slower predators on Earth, and our solely actual organic benefit is our brains.

Verify the video under to get a gander at what an actual killer robotic may seem like within the close to future:

[Read: A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Killer robots]

Utilizing one thing like Atlas to subjugate people doesn’t make an entire lot of sense except you’re writing a science-fiction story and also you want the people in your story to struggle an enemy they will defeat with sticks and stones.

It might be flat-out silly for a billionaire, authorities, or perhaps a sociopathic megalomaniac hellbent on world domination to roll out a military of robots that have been nearly as agile as a human.

Certain, in 20 or 30 years Atlas shall be stronger, quicker, and extra clever. But it surely nonetheless gained’t be as well-suited for murdering people as an autonomous tank, a drone, or a landmine.

Relaxation-assured folks, there are way more harmful AI applied sciences for most people to fret about than dancing robots. Might Atlas be used to harm folks? Completely. But it surely’s by no means, form, or type an optimized killing machine.

By Rana

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