Rise of the Machines

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.” (TechTarget, 2014)

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First of all, the Sense employee that designed this face is evil. No one can tell me that if you walked into your house, late at night and saw that face it wouldn’t freak you out and if that doesn’t just think of the ‘big brother’ possibilities. But I digress objects ranging from watches to cars and even refrigerators are becoming able to communicate without the need for humans. These objects will have a mind of their own knowing when and what to do by communicating with each other. Thus creating a sort of collective ‘Artificial Intelligence’. Sounds great right? Wrong, it is terrifying and let me tell you why.

In 1997 an ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Skynet was activated by the US government and given command over all computerized military hardware and systems. This was done to allow all hardware to be synchronised which would eliminate the chance for human error and guarantee a fast reaction in response to enemy attack. But the A.I gained consciousness when the operators realised this they tried to shut it down but the system registered this as an attack and declared humanity a threat. So it fired nuclear missiles at Russia which in retaliation fired nuclear missiles back. This killed 3 billion people. The survivors were enslaved and forced to build factories that manufactured killing machines that were programmed to eliminate the remaining not enslaved survivors.

So obviously as seen in the example above devices being able to communicate with each other is a terrible thing destined to end with the annihilation of the human race. Another example of why this is a bad idea is this video by Ericsson a Swedish communications tech company. It shows how emotionless and devoid of social interaction a man’s life has become in the near future in which a social network for household appliances has been created. The ending of the clip where he blows off the girl to stay at home with the A.I is quite a statement of the possibilities of life in the future and gives off serious Her vibes.

In conclusion if movies have taught us anything it’s that robots and artificial intelligence are evil. Just take this trailer above for example. A robot named Ultron has broken the ‘strings’ controlling him and now he has created his own robot army and is going to take over the world. This what the world will become we let our toasters become self aware.

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8 thoughts on “Rise of the Machines

  1. A very appropriate heading for this weeks topic. And you’re right that face is creepy as hell. But back to you’re terminator reference, I think the general population will have some apprehensiveness about the internet of things. Although what are the actual chances of that happening? I like the light hearted tone of your post. But indeed a good end to this semester of blogging.

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  2. Very interesting post, you have taken the dystopian approach, unlike most other posts (including myself). I think either way that the idea of the internet of things is going to be associated with the growth of AI. It is interesting that you look at this from a controlling perspective, I mean who’s to say the robot revolution hasn’t already started… I cant spend a day off the internet and I rely on it heavily…

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  3. Hey Brendan, this was a very interesting approach. As a fan of movies, I did enjoy how you tied in some pop culture to the issue. You have probably heard from her before, but Sherry Turkle performed a Ted Talk examining the behavior between humans and machines (http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together?language=en). It would be great if you can tie in a bit more academic research with your argument, as I am sure many agree.
    Also I really enjoyed Her. I don’t understand why so many people hated it.

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  4. My favourite post for this week’s topic! Thanks for an entertaining read to end the semester.
    Your satirical approach was an interesting way to go about the subject, and I like the realness (others may say dystopian) of your words. The only thing I would pick on is that now I am finding hard to write something useful in response :’)

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  5. Great Post! I really like your take on this weeks topic.
    There are many movies, TV series and novels which run along the same themes of a dystopian, post apocalyptic , machine ruled world. Terminator, Avengers, The Matrix and even the 1978 Battlestar Galactica all Sci-Fi stories which predict the end of humanity and the rise of the machine. (It even has its own wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybernetic_revolt ) and we all know that Sci-Fi predicts the future- http://mashable.com/2014/07/23/sci-fi-books-the-future/ . After researching for this weeks topic I find myself agreeing more and more with your opinion on the IoT… ANd we can only hope that we have our own Sarah Conner.

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  6. Excellent post Brendan!!! Loved the use of your humour throughout it. I feel that it actually can be such a quite terrifying idea, but your post gives it some light and that technology will continue to grow, in a sense there will nothing we can do but to adapt.

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  7. Hilarious final post, glad you had fun with the weeks topic. I’d personally like to think that the Roomba will take over the world one day. I imagine it’ll look something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of2HU3LGdbo (we’re the duck). Regardless I think a Terminator-esque ending will probably not happen in our lifetime, for now I am satisfied with the convenience that a lot of these technologies linked to IoT may potentially bring – like cars that drive themselves based on traffic flows, traffic lights, number of cars on the roads etc, which will in turn reduce numbers of accidents. This is just one minute example of the plethora of things that IoT may bring about.

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  8. Awesome one for the final topic for this subject. As a movie lover, I like the way you linked movie into this week topic. It is really different from any other student’s blog for this week topic. Even I myself. Insightful and interesting post I have so far.

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