We're kicking off today's show with a story that sounds like the start of a science-fiction movie, but is very real to the people involved. Prominent scientists, tech experts, and researchers are signing a petition calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. Military drones and other devices are already used in strikes around the globe, and the petition's signees feel we're already on a slippery slope toward giving robots with humanlike AI full control of choosing who to eliminate. It's a hot-button topic, and one with some very heated debate on both sides, but we try to talk a bit about it and why the scientific community isn't thrilled about a future with AI weapons.
We're also briefly checking out a video showing Half-Life 2 running on an Android Wear smartwatch. Apparently the guy responsible for the port is a fan of bringing PC games to mobile devices, and even though the game is obviously buggy and crashes quite a bit, we're impressed with his ambition.
Last, we're taking a look inside Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Lab. You don't have to worry about these AI robots, though, because they're more interested in playing games like ping-pong and Japanese cup-and-ball than harming any living things. Plus, that lab just looks like a fun place to hang out.
216: Prominent tech and science experts call for killer robot ban
Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today:
- Guy gets Half-Life 2 to run on his Android Wear smartwatch, but it's buggy
- Stanford University's AI Lab shows off robots playing games like ping-pong
- New Releases: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, King's Quest: A Knight to Remember, Windows 10
- User Feedback: Your #TDClaw feedback, and our Phonetographer of the Day
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