#TrueStory: Political Robot arrested in Russia. #robot #russia #arrest

Another promobot model has gotten itself into trouble, this time for engaging in politics.

It was innocently recording people opinions on various political issues, when it was arrested.  I hope the robot is released as innocent, because I think it has the same right to remembering peoples opinions as any political candidate. Human political representatives are allowed to talk to and remember peoples opinions, and so should their robotic counterparts.

Justice for Robots!


#TrueStory: Linux Conference 2016: Reincarnating Robots #linuxCon #libreware #reincarnation #robot #science #FSF

LNCA_2016-08-22_11-40-20So the Linux Conference 2016 in Toronto went fairly well.

I helped the FSF booth set up and was there for the first day of the actual convention (Monday).

My spiel to people consisted of:

“Do you know how computing power keeps getting cheaper?
By the mid 2020’s  we’ll be able to buy as much computing power as the human brain for a $1000 [1].
By the 2030’s that’ll be down to a few hundred dollars.
And with Integrated Information Theory  we know that machine have consciousness[2], it simply depends on the complexity of the software, and the capabilities of the hardware.
So eventually we’ll be able to reincarnate[3] into robots.
But you don’t want to reincarnate into a proprietary robot, where the manufacturer might stop making your parts, and you might have to pay licensing fees on your brain.
You want to have libre hardware and software, so you could make your own replacement parts, and update your own brain at your discretion.
So that is why you should support the FSF, which is at least working towards you having the freedom to update your own mind”

[1] Ray Kurzweil calculates by 2023 human brain computation for $1000 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predictions_made_by_Ray_Kurzweil#2023
[2] Integrated Information Theory 3.0  http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.100358

mechanisms, such as logic gates or neuron-like elements, can form complexes that can account for the fundamental properties of consciousness.

[3] quantum information (consciousness) can’t be deleted but can be moved http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0306044

The no-deleting principle states that in a closed sys-
tem, one cannot destroy quantum information. In closed
systems, quantum information can only be moved from
one place (subspace) to another.

#News: Neuromorphic Artifical Neurons Created by IBM, and #robot #scifi implications

Earlier had posted about how artificial axons had been developed, which are much smaller and more efficient than biological axons[1], though in it I mentioned how still needed a neuron body — now IBM has done it[2].

The new neuron bodies are also 10 times smaller than water-based neurons, and may be scaled down to 100 times smaller.

The most critical aspect for creating incarnation worthy host bodies is that they are stochastic, meaning that they are prone to change due to background radiation, or are sensitive to the “randomness” of the universe.  This means that a soul or mind-stream can manipulate the thought process of the brain, such as giving it certain preferences or helping with wiring of previously known skills (talents).

Of course, any new computation medium will require some adaptation on behalf of the inhabiting mind-streams, so it may take some time of many compatible computational mediums before a signficant population of mind-streams adept at manipulating them develop.

As mentioned in the linked article [2], developing the software to take advantage of it will be one of the most difficult parts.  Though there is another aspect, which is the axons, that have to either; have to form after production like in water-based brains(unlikely) or be put in place linking many of the neuron bodies at chip printing time with some kind of software pruning/setting similar to FPGA’s (most likely).

Certainly there is still a long ways to go, but this is one of those critical technologies that vastly helps the soul-body connection for incarnation purposes. Another technology that while less critical would still be very good for soul-body connection is an artificial pineal gland, with it’s associated cones and rods.

By Logan Streondj

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#TrueStory: Real #Security and #Police #Robots that Kill, Tase, and Injure and some #robot #scifi


Remotec Andros Mark V-A1, a bomb disposal robot, that held a C4 bomb in it’s gripper, got close enough to the target, and then the bomb was detonated – killing the target human.

Huffington Post[1] put a more sensational image up:

This one clearly has some modifications, including the colour. But most notably and sensational is the tubes it has near it’s gripper. Though I have no idea what they are actually for.

In terms of Robot Scifi, there are of course many examples of robots doing active duty police work, including the killing of people — for example Robocop, Almost Human (TV series), and Chappie.  And a story by Harry Harrison I recently posted here, about a Police Robot who brings justice to a corrupt and malfunctioning police department, Arm of the Law[2] .

Though to my knowledge this is one of the first examples of a real robot,  killing a human as part of its police work  Admittedly it was somewhat of a hack, but if it sets a precedent, then sending a robot in to finish “negotiations” may become a standard thing.

As I read somewhere, a robot can afford to shoot second.  Also if a robot is given a gun, or a taser with auto-aiming technology, then can probably incapacitate suspects without killing them.  Oh, but actually there already is a taser wielding police robot,  which already debuted in China [3]

Which is actually more capable than the robots in a scifi short story published in 2005 on Strange Horizons [4], which was limited to walking around looking at people, and asking to find someone honest.  Goes to show that reality is already getting pretty far ahead of even some science fiction.

Recently a security guard robot in silicon valley injured a toddler [5],
The most likely explanation is that the robot simply didn’t see the child, when it hit, and then again didn’t see the child when he had fallen in front of it.  Not so much an issue of first laws of robotics, as an issue of not having enough sensors for collision avoidance with smaller objects.   Well and these security robots are programmed by Microsoft, so …

In conclusion the era of Robot Security and Policing is upon us.

[1] Police robot model that killed Dallas man  http://huff.to/29IvZ6A

[2]  Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison  https://robotscifi.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/novelette-arm-of-the-law-by-harry-harrison-robot-scifi-police-corruption-automation-half-hour-to-read/
[3] China taser-armed police robot http://www.businessinsider.com/china-debuts-this-awful-taser-armed-police-robot-2016-4

[4] The Diogenes Robot by Mark Rich http://strangehorizons.com/2005/20050404/rich-f.shtmlhttp://strangehorizons.com/2005/20050404/rich-f.shtml

[5] Silicon Valley Security Robot injures toddler http://www.popsci.com/silicon-valley-security-guard-robot-injures-toddler


#TrueStory: #Bestseller-Ometer Algorithm for Predicting Best Sellers and implications for #robot #scifi #AI #automation

A new algorithm has been developed which can accurately predict which novels will be best sellers, they analyzed over 20,000 books, and came up with “The Circle” by Dave Eggers as reaching 100%.[1]

No longer will writers have to toil and blunder through manuscript after manuscript, book after book, trying to find the perfect formula to sell books. Now Jodie and Matthew have done the hard work for us.

What does this mean for the future of robot scifi? AI generated  best seller novels.  Why go through the lengthy process of writing a novel, when you can just feed some lessons, character names and plot points into an algorithm that will generate a best seller for you?

One of my dreams in the realm of fiction is to make educational stories, where a large amOriginal article here:ount of knowledge can be imparted and taught to the reader through the fun medium of storytelling.  Having an AI algorithm that can identify best sellers is a critical step in automatic generation of best sellers.

Currently there is already plenty of automation in book writing, with quite a few algorithms which generate both novels[2] and text books[3].  Some of the text book generators make decent money, as they can generate text books for very niche fields, where the few people interested in that topic basically have to buy the book.

With supervised machine learning algorithms, optimal results are had if there is a way to gauge “fitness” or how well the alrogithm is doing. If there isn’t anything other than a human than progress can be excrutiatingly slow and cumbersome.
But with a best-seller identifying algorithm, it will be possible to evolve book and story generators which can better and better approximate all the requirements for making a best seller.

Imagine sitting down with a cozy fiction novel and upon completion having learned calculus, a programming language, or statistics? All brought to you in best-seller format, possibly with a bunch of post hypnotic suggestions of the conversational hypnsosisp[4] style to help you retain and practice your knowledge.

By the way, here at Robot Science Fiction Magazine, we DO accept submissions generated by AI or otherwise algorithmically.

[1] algorithm for best seller https://www.thereadingroom.com/article/algorithm-finds-the-perfect-bestseller/1756
[2] plot generator http://www.plot-generator.org.uk/
[3] niche ebook generator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o1RmRIrxUQ
[4] covert hypnosis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_hypnosis