Monday, October 13, 2003

News, or Japanese B-Movie?

Alright, first I see that researchers at Duke University have implanted circuits into the brains of monkeys that allow them to control a robot arm with their thoughts. Then I see that Fujitsu came out with the new version of their HOAP humanoid robot, which is agile enough to execute complex martial arts moves... but Frederic Kaplan, from Sony's robotics laboratory, says making more agile robots is not the biggest challenge facing robotics researchers at the moment: "There are challenges in terms of mechanics still, but the biggest gap would be in intelligence".

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

That's right: this is the beginning of The End, where humanity will be wiped out by armies of sumo-wrestling robots controlled by monkeys. Planet of the Apes? Not fiction, but a prescient documentary.

But there's still hope... if we can convince the people of California to send Governor Schwarzenegger back in time to kill John Connor step up to the plate and take one for the team get your hands off me you damned dirty ape... hrmmm, nevermind, we are doomed after all.