Robot Uprising Thread

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Power is the limiting factor by far. We've been watching marvel movies so long that we forget that Iron Man arc-reactors are not real.

Battery technology will have to get many of orders of magnitude better for this to become a problem. Or tiny, tiny nuclear reactors. And there is no battery tech that doesn't get really gimpy in extreme weather. Those robo dogs are extremely cool, and creepy, but I'm not losing any sleep.

Unless they perfect robo-river-pirates, then I'm screwed. :pirate:
 

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I've read about Goodenough before. Guy really is an unsung hero of our time. Combine the products of his research with the fallout from Rice's materials science dept work on bucky-balls and carbon nanotubes, and you have the greatest scientific leaps forward since the invention of the silicon transistor.
 

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Not 100% robot, but I dunno where else to put this... kind of interesting.

12 Predictions Isaac Asimov Made About 2014 in 1964

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1. The human race would be incurably bored

In what Asimov declared his "most somber speculation I can make about A.D. 2014," the writer believed society would fall into a sense of enforced leisure: "Mankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014. The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine."


Pretty apt! Most of his predictions were pretty close.. except the moon and living under the sea I guess. Would like those two.
 

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He was definitely a visionary about such things. But I wouldn't say we're bored. If anything, we're suffering from the opposite problem. Too much media to consume, to much visual stimuli, too much of everything.

We're not bored, we're running ragged because we can't escape all the input we're being fed by our technology. We're so efficient that it's exhausting. But he's not too far off about the need for mental specialists. And it's absolutely true that people who do creative things, work with their hands, either as an occupation, around the house, or for fun are the types who are able to maintain some semblance of self worth in our digital dystopia.
 

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He was definitely a visionary about such things. But I wouldn't say we're bored. If anything, we're suffering from the opposite problem. Too much media to consume, to much visual stimuli, too much of everything.

We're not bored, we're running ragged because we can't escape all the input we're being fed by our technology. We're so efficient that it's exhausting. But he's not too far off about the need for mental specialists. And it's absolutely true that people who do creative things, work with their hands, either as an occupation, around the house, or for fun are the types who are able to maintain some semblance of self worth in our digital dystopia.
To me, and I see your point, I feel like the over abundance of content/media has made us bored. We're bored of the mundane, the daily lives we lead, so we strive for more and more (wackier and wackier), and it's never enough. Obviously it's not everyone, but look at the number of people who can't sit through a TV show without pulling out their phones. They're bored WATCHING content! So they use their phone for a few, get bored of that, and have to do 5 or 6 things at once just to try and avoid the boredom.

I think it's two sides of the same coin, but we're doing it to ourselves in a way.
 
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