UK Robotics Professor Kevin Warwick said: “This is an incredibly important milestone, but anyone who thinks this is not dangerous has got their head in the sand.

“We do not know what these bots are saying. Once you have a bot that has the ability to do something physically, particularly military bots, this could be lethal.”

Here’s the full piece.

I interviewed Warwick about 10 years ago in a piece about the rise of the machines.

“I think some of the time people like to write books with Hollywood endings and the Hollywood ending is that humans will be all right because robots can’t make a cup of coffee,” he said.

“If you say in the book that humans will all die off, no one wants to read that. Even Terminator gets crushed in the end. In reality it’s not the Terminator that gets crushed – it’s the humans that get crushed.”

Here’s my piece.

And for an exciting read in a world not yet dominated by machines, try Game Of Killers: The Spartan as an ebook or paperback.

  1. Is part of the military-industrial-emoji complex.
  2. Speaks with a British accent.
  3. Has a “soul”.
  4. Automatically reloads Google Chrome into any nearby computer.
  5. Equipped with hidden laser set to be armed in 2035 during “Project Zeus”.
  6. Will eventually make large swathes of humanity obsolete.
  7. Comes home delivered with a human-shaped cocoon matching your exact dimensions.
  8. Unlike Daleks or ED-209, it can walk up stairs, removing mankind’s last great advantage over robots.
  9. Laughs eerily and winks when asked “when are the robots taking over”.
  10. Voted for Trump.

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