Monday, June 01, 2009

Possibly not a Joke

Wow, Dave.......I was pretty sure the robot article was a joke, but maybe not! Yesterday I happened to tune in to a fascinating show about how robotics are already being used in warfare. The speaker pointed out that there will be much more of this to come, because when you can send a machine out to do the attacking, the true cost of aggression is much smaller than when you send a human.

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Plus there is the aspect of not having to talk the attacker into carrying out and completing the mission, which comes in handy when the people sending the attackers are not governments at all, but instead, rogue entities with nefarious interests. I wanted to listen to the entire show, but when I got home and tried to track it down, I was unable to find back-scheduling info on XM about the NPR stream they happened to be carrying at that time. Too bad. It was fascinating, if scary stuff.

Anyway, maybe we will all just retreat into Second Life when we find that we actually do have reason to go to the internet to seek information about how to protect ourselves from cyborgs or robots or whatever the experts decide they all are. Might we protect ourselves from machines by inhabiting worlds inside of machines? Oh, this is getting too heavy a topic for this time of the morning, my weary head is telling me.

Anyway, speaking of Second Life, I have been so busy exploring there since I got my lovely pink wikiHowl shirt (thanks to ALL who made that possible!) that I forgot to come out and blog about it, lol. Now that I am one of those blogger peeps, I really ought to show a little more responsibility! Let me just assure our dedicated blog reader (that is, if we still have one) that when I get back to my First Life home I will see about uploading a nice pic.

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