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Wikipedia for Robots. AKA: Now we’re all sons-of-bitches

If there’s one thing that we’ve discovered in this class, it’s that the internet has had a very significant impact on the way we perceive ourselves and our culture. If there’s another thing we’ve learned, it’s that it’s only a matter of time before one day robots with artificial intelligence are either harvesting our brains and recording the data or using their superior abilities to kill our police pursuers with lawnmowers and launch our partners into space without airlock… essentially taking over the world. So what happens when robots get their own version of the internet? Well we won’t have to wait too long to find out (Link!)

RoboEarth, as it is called, has been described as being analogous to the human Wikipedia. This robotic web is going to be a way for our future overlords to share their knowledge with others from all across the world. In order for this to be accomplished, however, there will have to be some degree of standardization. Humans can share data and all sort of things on the internet because a lot of us speak the same languages, and when we don’t we have means of translating between them. For robots, however, there really is no universal “language” or way of encoding data. So if they’re going to be learning from each other, they’re first going to have to reconcile the language barrier. This can actually be a very positive step, because with standardization usually comes a lot more efficiency and so 20 or 50 years from now we may see robots being a lot more useful to our daily lives than otherwise, that is if they haven’t killed us at by then. Hopefully however researchers develop the standard, they make sure to do a good job building an infrastructure that won’t piss of Lanier, because we all know how he can get. Oh and for the second part of this post’s title, that’s a reference to a quotation by Oppenheimer after the first successful testing of the atomic bomb, basically reflecting his realization that they had just created something so powerful that it completely humbled humanity.

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