The long-awaited robot-led holocaust may happen any day now. That seems to be the finding of a secret conference of the world's top computer scientists, roboticists, and artificial intelligence researchers. The clandestine meeting focused on topics surrounding advancements in robotics and how they could quickly spiral out of human control. This includes the danger that robots could autonomously kill humans -- a danger than conference participants believe may already exist.
Say goodbye to slow downloads: Australian scientists develop chip that makes Internet 60 times faster
By Holly OtterbeinPosted 07.28.2008 at 4:09 pm 12 Comments
Sometimes, what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls the "ever-increasing rate of technology" is scary. (Who, exactly, wants to live forever? Or grant robots the same rights as humans?) But when singularity—the theory that technology will improve exponentially until it reaches a state of unprecedented progress—quickens the Internet's pace by a hundredfold, I will gladly drink Kurzweil's Kool-Aid. Scientists from the University of Sydney have inadvertently demonstrated this theory by making the Web 60 times faster than current top-notch speeds, and promising to raise that to 100 times in the near future.