Re: Billy, stop feeding your robot scraps from the table.

  • From: Neil Doane <caine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 11:28:31 -0700

* Jerry Hargis (CCHARGIS@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) on [07-20-00 07:08] did utter:
> A nuclear submarine would be a portable nuclear generator, although
> maybe not on the scale that you envision.
> Also keep in mind that efficient destruction is usually not a goal of
> modern warfare. Crippling a combatant is more desirable than killing
> them. The former ties up all sorts of resources in transportation and
> care, while the latter is simply food for battlefield robots and
> maggots. Maybe if the battlefield robots were picky eaters...

In the fictional scenerios I mentioned, i.e. The Matrix and Terminator; 
1. the AI-entity/entities decided to use humans a power source and 
2. the AI-entity decided to hunt down and destroy every living human being
   by use of sophisticated robotic creatures.

Mix these two together, add two scoops imagination.  

Obviously, NATO would probably frown upon the idea of the U.S. sending in
genocidal carnivorous battlefield robots. :)  

"And in international news today, President Clinton announced that he would
be ending the ethnic struggles of the Czechoslovakia 'once and for all' as
he ordered US Battleships and Cruisers in the area to fire cruise missles 
with payloads of untold swarms of FUBARs, or Flesh-eating Unmanaged 
BAttlefield Robots, deep into Slobodan Milosevic-held territories.  As of
0600 hours this morning, these FUBARs have been effectively eliminating the 
population of the Czech Republic, which is now believed to be reduced a
handful of rebel soldiers hiding in the hills outside of Prague and a small
city of elderly women near...oh, just a moment...  This just in: the 
population of the Czech Replic now believed to be reduced to a handful 
of rebel soldiers hidinging in the hills outside of Prague.  More on this 
story as it develops."


> * Steve Baker (ice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) on [07-19-00 19:15] did utter:
> > Hunter <hunters@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > > What Neil's reply said is exactly what I find so scary.
> > 
> >   Humans and tanks will be cheaper and more effective for quite some
> time I
> > should think.  Besides, nuclear power is a much more efficient and
> reliable
> > long term energy source if you want to build a roaming people eating
> machine.
> And then Neil said:
> "Okay, well obviously ice has no sense of fiction.  I mean, think 'The
> Matrix' or 'Terminator' or something. :)  Besides, can you show me a 
> portable nuclear generator that we have working right now? 
> Self-sustaining,
> hunter-seeker robots that can hunt down and find their own sources of
> power
> (albeit humans, birds, dogs, whatever) indefinately and are basically 
> mass-produced disposable heros in a box that you can dump by the
> thousand 
> out of a C-130 over enemy lines...sounds like an interesting sci-fi 
> book. ;)  Oh, something like that could also be used to wipe out enemy
> food
> stores, drop them in like locusts, ravenous for wheat, corn, people,
> whatever they can get their teeth into.  It's sortof a Bond-villian
> sortof
> thing."  

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