Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sci-Fi Tech That Will Kill Us All (7)

Several news agencies are reporting on this event that occurred over the weekend, but not enough are trumpeting it as the first warning sign of an imminent cyber-apocalypse. And like most thing associated with robots and insane creepiness, it comes from Japan.

On Monday, three people were seen walking through the Tokyo streets to a robotics convention......with robot legs!

Here's how the article describes the scene:

Two men and a woman, wearing what looked like white plastic exoskeletons over black outfits, were testing -- at a pace of 1.8 kilometres (1.1 miles) an hour -- robotic suits designed to give mobility to the injured and disabled.

Look, I'm all for helping give mobility to the injured and/or the disabled. But that's how these things start. First of all, you know what these robotic legs are called? They're called a Hybrid Assistive Limb, or, you guessed it, HAL, for short. They named this after the most notable and well-spoken artificially intelligent villain in film history. But what do you expect from a company called Cyberdyne. Yep, the Japanese company is called Cyberdyne. Sound familiar? They also made this:

They named their frickin' company after the one that made the Terminators! And they make robots!!! Tempting fate. Tempting fate.

By the way, a robotics convention? That place would scare me more than a spider convention. Who attends a robotics convention, anyway?

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