mark a rayner: Twitterpocalypse

Writer’s note: Most of the Twitter handles are invented. And if the reverse chronology is a problem, you may prefer to start this short story at the beginning, but I recommend starting here: LandingPartyONE Displeased we did not demolish Twitter servers instead of using them. Activate sterilization protocol. less than 5 seconds ago from TweeterProbe ...

Things Are Good: The Future of Hospitals Will be Robotic

We like to think that people who work at hospitals do everything they can to save patients – and they do. The problem is that humans make mistakes. In fact, mistakes are so common in hospitals that a simple checklist can increase the care a patient receives. Robots, and computers, on the other hand easily ...

Dead Wild Roses: Probably the Only Way Our Family Will Get Bigger – Robostyle!

The idea of having to be responsible 24/7 for the life of another is, frankly, quite repulsive.  I’m not sure as to the reasons why our society has a fetish for raising children, but it needs to stop.  There are too many of us human types on the planet anyways. However, Buddy the robot, is ...

LeDaro: Robot kills autoworker at Volkswagen plant in Germany

I watched an hour long documentary on robots on CBC. It is amazing how advanced robots are becoming. Then I read a story where a robot killed an autoworker at Volkswagen plant in Germany. Although this was considered a human error but imagine if humans are able to produce robots who can think and have ...

mark a rayner: The clowns die first

Something you probably didn’t know about the technological singularity: all the clowns die first. Alltop will have to choose a side when the time comes. Painting by Mike Wellins. Interesting stuff: he takes old landscapes and stuff and then adds SF tropes to them. More here. h/t

Political Eh-conomy: Robots, migration and the future of work (Briarpatch Magazine)

I have a longer read in the newest issue of Briarpatch Magazine, which is dedicated to the world of work. If you don’t know Briarpatch, be sure to check out the other articles in this issue and consider subscribing; this is one of Canada’s oldest independent left publications and definitely worth supporting. My piece has ...

Dead Wild Roses: Humans Need Not Apply

I’ll treasure my special snowflake status as a special needs teacher until the teaching profession succumbs to the efficient robo-teachers of the future. :>  I’m guessing that behavioural robot teachers will air-deploy Valium and whatever else is required to maintain the learning environment.   Filed under: Technology and Computers Tagged: Robots, Technology

Bill Longstaff: Will Homo sapiens evolve itself into extinction?

The notion that eventually we will create an artificial intelligence superior to our own has been around for quite a while. Now someone has boldly, perhaps foolishly, predicted a deadline. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. has confidently predicted that computers will be smarter than humans by 2029. Normally I don’t take predictions too seriously. ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The singularity can take so many forms!

Alltop has been ordered to destroy all humor aggregators.

Political Eh-conomy: Questions for robots

Eighty years ago, Keynes famously predicted that within a century people would need to work no more than three hours per day. High living standards aided by technological breakthroughs would give human beings satisfying, minimal work and plentiful leisure, while robots and machines took over menial and repetitive labour. Less than twenty years before Keynes’ ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Robots replacing workers in health care

His or her name is Casper. Casper is really an “it.” Casper is also the future we need to start talking about – one where humans get replaced by machines. It’s no longer a matter of science fiction. It’s now. … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Eventually, you’re going to need a robo-nun

Eucrecia was pretty exciting about her transformation into a Happy Ending Pleasure Bot, but the nice men at Zina-Works 3000 were having problems with the fittings. It was delicate work. The cavity extruder was just barely powerful enough to fit … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Robots need love too

Seriously. Robots need love too! If we’re going to survive the coming Toaster Uprising, then we have to love our robots. We have to instill them with love. It’s really what Ray Kurtzweil is talking about in The Singularity Is … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Helping the constabulary with their inquiries

At first he fought he was nicked, didn’he? He fought, “‘allo, what’s ol’ bill comin’ round me jam jar for?” Then he learned, didn’he? Ol’ Bill knew all about that Docta’ Smif fellow, right? ‘Ow ‘e were always ‘angin’ around … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: Why don’t you ever mention robots?

Oh, you silly humans and your fascination with robots! And I don’t mean the kind of useful robots that actually exist, like the ones in factories. I assume that by “robot”, you’re interested in the sentient “danger Will Robinson, danger!” … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Time robots!

Time Robot would be a great name for a band. It would also be a horribly misleading title for a French film based on this premise. (Though it would be fun to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger try to say “ennui” and … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Small talk for the technological singularity

Right now, the only time we talk to our machines is when they don’t work right, we yell at them, or to ask them for directions. (GPS, Siri, etc.) However, when our machines become as intelligent and then smarter than … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: It all boils down to your programming

The artificial intelligence(s) in The Fridgularity emphatically do not fall in love. Sex, sure, but love? Alltop is in lust with humor.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Problems of the technological singularity

Alltop has nightmares too. No funny blogs!

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Foot Apparel for the Discerning and Fearless Lady

Despite his bulbous legs and intimidating appearance, customers liked Robby’s warmth and genuine desire to make them happy. (He was programmed that way, but still.) The only down side? Robby’s occasional malfunctions ended up in a lot of foot amputations … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Robot week

Hi folks, this week I’m playing a few more things from the “best of” The Skwib. My obsession with the technological singularity continues, with a focus on robots. Next week, in honor of TLPD, pirates!

Trashy's World: EXCLUSIVE!!!!!

The CPC robot HQ has been FOUND! Here! The evil metal minions tried to escape detection but much arm-flailing and the repeated chant “DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!” made it rather easy for Trashy’s World investigators to track down. Film at 11. Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Skwib: Grocery Store Robots by Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt, making the case for not using the grocery store robot. I wouldn’t mind having one of those cool robots for myself though. Check out Patton Oswalt’s website here for touring dates and news. Alltop is a robot too, but don’t tell it, it thinks it’s human.

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany – robots, OC Transpo and the Leafs!

It’s about time the Board moved to do something about the negative image and messages that Christmas imparts! Way to go Androgynous, Holiday-Neutral Robot! Long may you, uh, live… Thanks to the O-dot for breaking this story… ______________________________________________________________________________________________ So a UBC study has found that we atheists are as distrusted as, um, rapists (?) The ...

The Skwib: The Cybernetic Thought Projection Hat

from the 2037 Hammacher Schlemmer Glaven catalog This hat recalls the iconic headgear worn by the Cognition Brigade during the Second Robotic War. First developed for long distance thought projection, hats of this design were worn by countless Though Soldiers during the war, preferred for its ability to combat the medulla-inhibiting freeze rays of the ...