February 18, 2011

2011: The Year Robots Will Destroy Us All

I always half-joke about that whole "world ending in 2012" thing, but I'm starting to lean more towards believing it after watching no less than three examples of robots or computers taking the place of humans.

First we saw the IBM supercomputer named Watson beat out two of Jeopardy's smartest players. CNN says Watson's win doesn't make humans obsolete (yet), but I'm not sure I'm buying it. Jeopardy superstar Ken Jennings seems to agree, using his screen to say, "I for one welcome our new computer overlords." I'm with ya, Ken.

Then on the
Today Show on Thursday Meredith Vieira interviewed a 15 year old boy in Texas who goes to school via an avatar. Yes, an avatar! Check out this amazing breakthrough in technology:

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It's a fantastic advancement in science and tech, but didn't anyone see iRobot? It's only a matter of time before the robot turns evil and starts taking revenge on its creators. That high school better hope that Will Smith is on standby ready to yell, "Aw, hell no!" when the robot rebellion begins.

And if the robots and computers don't kill us humans with brute strength they will surely do us in by slowly increasing our body fat and stupefying our brains. Take a look at this new version of the classic board game Monopoly called Monopoly Live.

Gone are the paper bills, the property cards and even the dice! Kids will now just wave their hands over sensors and the ominous Orwellian tower in the middle of the board tells them what to do. "Move four spaces... collect your money... ENSLAVE HUMANITY!" It's inevitable.

These robot and computer advancements are truly amazing, but they can only get so smart before they realize they're better than us. Futurama captures it perfectly!

So live it up, humans, because our clock is ticking! All hail our new robot masters!