xeni — 2013-12-14T01:59:23-05:00 — #1
timmowarner — 2013-12-14T02:22:31-05:00 — #2
This was always a joke before, but now I, for one, really do welcome our robotic overlords.
eksrae — 2013-12-14T02:30:22-05:00 — #3
Are they going to put cameras on them so that we can have real-time views of places where humans dare not tread?
singletona082 — 2013-12-14T02:30:28-05:00 — #4
Welp. At least we know who's most likely to build skynet now.
Mildly curious on where they're going with this to be honest. Granted i live rrual enough they probably won't make me a priority target.... except thanks to the pilot program they kinda have my address. So... uh. Step 1. Make sure car that just pulled in has driver.
eksrae — 2013-12-14T02:52:54-05:00 — #5
"tell me if you saw one of these things running after you, you wouldn’t crap your pants and have a heart attack at the same time."
No shit. Ray Bradbury saw that one coming when he wrote "Farenheit 451".
nicnivian — 2013-12-14T03:19:21-05:00 — #6
Maybe they did this so when people go to moon the Street View vehicle, it's now capable of kicking them in the arse?
xyandzee — 2013-12-14T03:20:13-05:00 — #7
Why would Google do this? What evil plans are they hatching?
samthebutcher — 2013-12-14T03:21:13-05:00 — #8
Considering the old massive brain and opposable thumbs, no. No, I won't die of fright if some misguided idiot sends a loud, delicate, and generally very vulnerable machine after me. I'll grab a stick and take it out, steal whatever looks interesting in the way of parts off it, break anything left that looks expensive, and go get a burger. Maybe a burrito.
"Never anthropomorphize a machine. They hate that..."
sanderson — 2013-12-14T03:48:51-05:00 — #9
You know, another thing just occurred to me....... As far as I know, a Boston Dynamics Robot has never been disconnected.
Well, no Boston Dynamics Robot has ever fouled up before.
That's not what I mean.............. I'm not so sure what he would think about it.
raybert — 2013-12-14T04:37:28-05:00 — #10
Okay, so G00gle is officially becoming part of the military-industrial complex.
Hey, military-industrial googleplex!
I'd go back home and make some pasta. Otherwise: same page here.
Instant classic. I will quote this.
Reminds me of Colossus - The Forbin Project when the CIA guy starts adressing the computer as 'he', not 'it' and the president's reaction is 'don't personalize it - the next step is deification"
Of course there will be a driver. Integrated in the dashboard.
jake0748 — 2013-12-14T04:44:04-05:00 — #11
Yes. I admit it. I WOULD be crapping my pants and having a heart attack if this thing was chasing me.
I would just hope I'd die before it got me. Gah!
gilbertwham — 2013-12-14T05:12:04-05:00 — #12
Soooooo, Google's bought the world's premiere war-bot manufacturer? @cstross, i totally see where you're coming from...
krinkle1917 — 2013-12-14T05:15:21-05:00 — #13
A company funded by DARPA for over 20 years is deemed worthy of acquisition. Is this the tax payer funding of high tech industry in action?
nathanhornby — 2013-12-14T05:28:44-05:00 — #14
Yea, I don't know if buying a military hardware company counts as 'do no evil'.
grimloki — 2013-12-14T05:37:26-05:00 — #15
I love Google... and I'm nmot just saying that so they don't replace me with a lifelike robot doppelganger whose personality is based on crap I post online.
euansmith — 2013-12-14T06:17:55-05:00 — #16
Welcome to the future of courier delivery, Robomule!
I WILL NOT BEND, FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE... not unless you get in my way, fleshbag...
euansmith — 2013-12-14T06:18:41-05:00 — #17
Didn't Coke buy a few nuclear subs back when the Soviet Union imploded?
nathanhornby — 2013-12-14T06:36:02-05:00 — #18
But coke have always been evil... but wait, did they? Is a joke going over my head?
sim0n — 2013-12-14T07:22:12-05:00 — #19
It feels more and more like we're living in one of the Terminator timelines :-S
danegeld — 2013-12-14T08:14:27-05:00 — #20
Somewhere on the Mountain View campus:
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