Robot uprising Wednesday!

Oh…this won’t turn out good.  The Brits have announced that they’re developing a pilotless fighter plane.  That’s not particularly shocking but look at the picture of the thing:

Ok, I’m not a huge Battlestar Galactica fan, but this thing looks a little too much like a cylon for me.  The thing has a giant red eye for chrissakes!  Don’t the engineers know that robotic creatures with red eyes are always evil?  Didn’t these guys learn from Cyberdyne Systems?  Oh, wait.  I guess they couldn’t have learned from them since the robot uprising hasn’t happened yet.

Here’s the boilerplate ‘don’t worry…nothing can go wrong statement’.

The MoD also stressed that all weaponised UAVs were under human control.

“Should such systems enter into service, they will at all times be under the control of highly trained military crews on the ground,” it said in a statement.

Yeah, until the computer system acquires self awareness, disengages the self-destruct system and nukes the nearest megalopolis.

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2 responses to “Robot uprising Wednesday!

  1. wild-eyed conspiracy theorist

    That’s no giant (all-seeing) eye, that’s clearly a pyramid/equilateral triangle. Oh wait, same diff. If you don’t understand the code, look on the reverse side of your nearest US $1 bill.

  2. The Japanese Ministry of Defense showed off its new high-tech battle suit in a presentation titled “Towards the realization of Gundam,” a reference to the popular Mobile Suit Gundam anime. According to the ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute, the new Advanced Personal Armament System, which includes GPS, wireless networking, and thermal vision, was inspired by the cartoon mecha robots. Whether that’s true or not, I think it’s interesting that they went for otaku-appeal in the PR campaign.

    (http://www.boingboing.net/2007/11/14/japanese-military-to.html)

    Guess it ain’t only those chums in Brittania who have their subconcious dictated by popular culture. I wonder what’s next, combat robots with tentacles?

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