Listening to some tools on NPR talk about robuts (Zoidberg for ‘robots’).
The main robut dude (he was a DUDE who was into ROBUTS, not a robotic dude) was talking about how he didn’t think that there would ever be robuts or AI who would surpass the intelligence of humans. Both show hosts chuckled in tool agreement, and so, another enormously complex, significant, scientific issue was put into a nice NPR package.
I’m not knocking NPR. Well, yes I am. But I like it, and a lot. It’s really the only radio besides classical that I can listen to without suddenly exploding. It’s just that, I don’t quite get the tone. Everyone talks like a subdued librarian. And everyone seems to have to agree and maintain a strange sterility. They are the opposite of outspoken. NPR shows often often A. draw pink-ribbon, prophetic, generalized conclusions on the subject at hand or B. make things digestible and less interesting. It’s like listening to my grandma talk about punk rock.
Hey, wait a minute. I’m not even talking about NPR. I’m talking about robuts.
So anyway, this robut man said he couldn’t imagine robots ever reaching human capacities because he’s seen all the problems that arise when building robuts. It’s hard to get them to do stuff. Read More …