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There’s an argument being made that industrial robots, while not planning to kill humans, will, nonetheless, have the same effect by driving us out of work and making us starve to death. So, what’s the difference? Not much, really. And, the same can be said for other “Killer Robots” which are being developed as supposedly beneficial technology for mankind. So, are we really seeing the rise of the Robot Revolution? Here are some scenarios which conclude that, despite our best intentions, we’re inventing the machines that will eventually slaughter us all…
Killer Robots: Suicide Bomber
Robots used by police and the military to enter hazardous spaces can easily be converted into “suicide bombers” carrying explosives and blowing themselves up with as many humans nearby as possible.
Killer Robots: Driverless Tank
Everybody’s excited about the Driverless Car. So what’s to stop us from building the Autonomous Tank? Not much. The only real difference is the Howitzer fitted over the hood.
Killer Robots: Drones
Unmanned airplanes are already killing people we’re at war with, innocent bystanders included. But even simple drones, which we dream of delivering pizza to our front doors, could easily be equipped with machine guns to mow us down, along with the sausages and pepperoni.
Killer Robots: Animals
Robots disguised to look like insects, birds and, soon, higher mammal forms (dogs are just about there) could fool us into thinking we’re safe. We’re not.
Killer Robots: Butlers, Maids And Nurses
Home care “Assistance” robots are already a reality, rendering simple medical aid and even keeping the elderly company as we take a well deserved night off and go out for dinner and a movie. But, a “Nurse” robot won’t really know if it falls over and accidentally crushes Grandma to death.
Killer Robots: Prosthetic Body Parts
Robotic prosthetic arms and legs are much more common today than even just a decade ago. If scientists have their way, the entire body could be replicated and the only thing left of us will be the memories stored in our brains. It’s not exactly what most of us would call living forever.
Killer Robots: Sex Dolls
The latest Robotic Companion (AKA Sex Doll) is so real and lifelike, they’re already inspiring romance and love in those who spend any time around them. Who’s to say they won’t make us die of a broken heart, just like their human counterparts sometimes do? The only upside? At least we’ll go out with a smile on our faces…