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Terminators getting closer everyday to launch...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    The philosophical debate about how to kill us is underway: Self-driving cars may have to be programmed to kill you - News - Gadgets and Tech - The Independent

    I know, it's not like they are trying to actively devise ways to destroy humans, but I can see where the lines of this "death code" could be hacked and used against people, ala the Toyota Prius throttle debacle. They still didn't admit to how that happened.

    @tulianr : wasn't it the Navy that first got rid of guns aboard their aircraft, deciding that missiles were adequate enough? Where did that get them? The need to start the Top Gun school because they started getting lazy and forgot their old techniques. I could see the same thing happening once again.
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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  3. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I hope they don't turn into 'SkyNet'
  4. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

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  5. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Since when do pills effect robots? (Here's your sign). [LMAO]
  7. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

  8. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

  10. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    And then it was powered off and melted...
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  11. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Not going to do any good. Android Dick was hooked up to the internet, so his AI is likely saved "in the cloud."
    Gives me the warm & fuzzies....NOT!ohno
  12. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Beijing (AFP) - The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.

    Boyalife Group and its partners are building the giant plant in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, where it is due to go into production within the next seven months and aims for an output of one million cloned cows a year by 2020.

    But cattle are only the beginning of chief executive Xu Xiaochun's ambitions.

    In the factory pipeline are also thoroughbred racehorses, as well as pet and police dogs, specialised in searching and sniffing.

    Boyalife is already working with its South Korean partner Sooam and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to improve primate cloning capacity to create better test animals for disease research.

    And it is a short biological step from monkeys to humans -- potentially raising a host of moral and ethical controversies.

    "The technology is already there," Xu said. "If this is allowed, I don't think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology."

    In the factory pipeline are thoroughbred racehorses, as well as pet and police dogs, specialised in …
    The firm does not currently engage in human cloning activities, Xu said, adding that it has to be "self-restrained" because of possible adverse reaction.

    But social values can change, he pointed out, citing changing views of homosexuality and suggesting that in time humans could have more choices about their own reproduction.

    "Unfortunately, currently, the only way to have a child is to have it be half its mum, half its dad," he said.

    "Maybe in the future you have three choices instead of one," he went on. "You either have fifty-fifty, or you have a choice of having the genetics 100 percent from Daddy or 100 percent from Mummy. This is only a choice."

    Xu, 44, went to university in Canada and the US, and has previously worked for US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and in drug development.

    - Snuppy the cloned dog -Boyalife Group and its partners are building a giant cloning factory in Tianjin, which will aim for …
    Presenting cloning as a safeguard of biodiversity, the Tianjin facility will house a gene bank capable of holding up to approximately five million cell samples frozen in liquid nitrogen -– a catalogue of the world's endangered species for future regeneration.

    Boyalife's South Korean partner Sooam is already working on a project to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction by cloning cells preserved for thousands of years in the Siberian permafrost.

    Sooam also serves a niche market recreating customers' dead pet dogs, reportedly for $100,000 a time.

    Sooam founder Hwang Woo-Suk was a national hero with his own postage stamp before being embroiled in controversy a decade ago after his claims to be the first in the world to clone a human embryo were discredited.

    Hwang, who created Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog, in 2005, lost his university position, had two major papers retracted, and was accused of crimes ranging from violation of bioethics laws to embezzling research funds.

    Earlier this year he was quoted in South Korea's Dong-A Ilbo newspaper saying that his firm was planning a cloning joint venture in China "because of South Korea's bioethics law that prohibits the use of human eggs".

    The factory is aiming to produce "cloned" beef from breeding genetically identical super-c …
    "We have decided to locate the facilities in China in case we enter the phase of applying the technology to human bodies," he was quoted as saying.

    - 'Weird experiments' -

    For now, Xu seeks to become the world's first purveyor of "cloned" beef, breeding genetically identical super-cattle that he promises will taste like Kobe and allow butchers to "slaughter less and produce more" to meet the demands of China's booming middle class.

    Cloning differs from genetic modification, but its application to animals would enable the firm to homogenise its output.

    "Everything in the supermarket looks good –- it’s almost all shiny, good-looking, and uniformly shaped. For animals, we weren't able to do that in the past. But with our cloning factory, we choose to do so now," Xu said.

    "Remember, this is a food. We want it to be uniform, very consistent, very premium quality," he added.

    There is controversy over whether cloned beef is safe for human consumption -- research by the US Food and Drug Adminstration says that it is, but the European parliament has backed a ban on cloned animals and products in the food chain.

    The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has yet to review the issue.

    Han Lanzhi, a GMO safety specialist at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said Boyalife’s claims about the safety, scope and timeline of their operations were alarming -- and implausible.

    "To get approval for the safety of cloned animals would be a very drawn-out process, so when I heard this news, I felt very surprised," she said.

    "There must be strong regulation because as a company pursuing its own interests, they could very easily do other things in the future," she added.

    Xu sought to be reassuring, telling AFP: "We want the public to see that cloning is really not that crazy, that scientists aren’t weird, dressed in lab coats, hiding behind a sealed door doing weird experiments."
    China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication - Yahoo News
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  13. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    This is frightening.... just the thought of a duplicate @Yard Dart makes me want to run for the hills! We don't need two!!! :lol:[own2]
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  14. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    UK fertility regulator approves controversial gene editing technique | Fox News

    Me thinks of Bladder Runner........
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  15. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

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  16. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator


    Microsoft introduced a chat robot designed to interact in the style of a “teen girl” on Twitter, and it went rogue almost immediately, spouting racist opinions, conspiracy theories and a fondness for genocide.

    The artificial intelligence (AI) named “Tay” - @Tayandyou on Twitter - was intended chat to with 18-24 year olds with the idea being that she would learn from each tweet and get progressively smarter.

    Clearly Microsoft had forgotten that Twitter is home to a huge amount of trolls, racists and general troublemakers who jumped at the chance to ‘teach’ the teenaged AI about life.

    In one widely circulated tweet, Tay said: “Bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have got now. donald trump is the only hope we’ve got”.

    She also went on to deny the existence of the Holocaust, and agreed with white supremacist propaganda that was tweeted at her.

    Microsoft apparently didn’t put any kind of filters on the AI, which meant Tay was able to tweet a number of atrocious racial slurs.

    The troublesome cyber-teen has since been taken offline for ‘upgrades’ and Microsoft has deleted some of her more offensive tweets.

    “The AI chatbot Tay is a machine learning project, designed for human engagement. As it learns, some of its responses are inappropriate and indicative of the types of interactions some people are having with it. We’re making some adjustments to Tay,” Microsoft said in a statement.

    The rapid descent of Tay from innocent AI chatbot to racist, Hitler-loving conspiracy theorist has raised concerns over the future of ‘learning’ tech and AI.
    Microsoft launches AI chatbot on Twitter and it turns racist within hours
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  17. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    lol now that is funny !
  18. Kingfish

    Kingfish Self Reliant

    There are already debate bots employed on the internet to combat political posts. Im not surprised however that we have moved to walking talking robots. Soon to be armed soldier bots doping our fighting for us.
  19. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

  20. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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