Thursday, March 08, 2012

The End is Nigh

I was just reading this article explaining that we're grossly underestimating the chances of human extinction. Scary stuff. I reserved this guy's book from the library because I wanted to learn more about it and because it will give me great material for my sci-fi writing.

But, it got me to thinking about near-term, non-extinction level problems caused by technology. I've been thinking about making a RepRap 3D printer and it occurred to me pretty soon these will be cheaper and smaller and more mainstream. Why couldn't someone bring one of them into an airport past security and print a gun?

Other recent potentially scary tech I've been reading about:
A credit card-sized fully-functional linux machine for $25
A headless robot cheetah
A cooperating flying swarm of robots

There's more, but I fear the wrath of our AI overlords.

5 comments:

dark commenteer said...
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dark commenteer said...

I'm really getting to the point where I say "Bring it on, already."

If it is the destiny of the human race to create a new form of "life" that will become the dominant presence on this planet (and probably beyond, given the potential capabilities of a techo-lifeform), then so be it.

This does not mean, however, that I plan on going down without a fight. I live close enough to the wilderness that I could hold out for quite a while...especially given my personal armory.

I've been screaming from the mountaintop for long enough--I've now moved to acceptance of the inevitability...at least the updated tech will give us cool videogames, movie effects and gadgets for a while until our iPhones go self-aware and start eploding our heads.

As a side note, I find it ironically hysterical that right below this post there is the confirmation program that reads "Please prove you're not a robot." Perfect.

Fredo said...

Why couldn't someone bring one of them into an airport past security and print a gun?

Because the rep raps will be so advanced by then that 15 people will have them in their carry on luggage. And their production speed will be sufficient for them to print bullet resistant shields and a trebuchet to return fire.

Fredo said...

I know, D.C. You prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around.

Lulz at our iPhones going self-aware.

Fredo said...

Honestly, the Rep Rap thing is one of the coolest videos I've seen in a while.

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