Monday, January 30, 2006

Fear of Robots

I was listening to Coldplay's latest album X & Y again (definitely my favourite album of 2005) and the words of Twisted Logic in particular (no I won't comment on the words to Square One which could possibly describe my blogging).

hundreds of years in the future
there could be computers
looking for life on earth
so don't fight for the wrong side

These words made me think about the way the future and robots are displayed - one reoccuring theme is that computers will rebel and try and take over the world (Terminator, The Matrix, Battlestar Galatica). Why do we come back to this common theme - is it because we don't believe that we can make something that isn't tainted - if we are capable of such abhorent acts as to try to decimate other races, what hope is there for any of our creations. Or is it a reflection on our own fallen status regarding God. He made us, yet look how we turned out - he is perfect, so if we are fallen will not our creation be an even worse abomination.

The idealist view of the future is that computers (aka robots) could eventually take over the jobs and people and we'd all be living a more comfortable lifestyle. Having a job that works with computers 8ish hours a day, I can say they generally produce more work, but on the other side I now work for an automation company - so that is our objective... its just a case of coercing the computers to do what we want. And that is always the trick - computers need to start actually learning, rather than just following the rules by which we define them. It'll be interesting to see what the future of computing holds - particularly non-binary computing, allowing computers to have that grey, than allows us to make decisions even when we don't have all the facts.

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