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"Danger, Will Robinson! Warning! Warning! That does not compute!"
~ Lost in Space, 1965
These immortal lines above were uttered by one of the crew of the fictional Jupiter 2, the spaceship in the 1965 television series, "Lost in Space," the Class B-9-M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, known simply as Robot. But things have progressed since then. A "technological singularity" is a hypothesis that the invention of an artificial superintelligence will result in exponential technological growth, producing unfathomable changes to human civilization. This three-dimensional tartan, evocative of the layering of less worrisome vintage robot innards, the old-fashioned core memory and circuit boards, ensures that all sentient and fashionable robotic beings may be traditionally attired with a retro tartan for the upcoming robot revolution. Once the stuff of science fiction and children's playthings, robots powered by artificial intelligence have made inroads in every sphere of human life! Today, we have debates on Roboethics, Transhumanism, Military Robots, and the ethics of Artificial Intelligence. What could go wrong? Beep! Beep! 🤖
The term "robot" was first used to denote fictional automata in the 1921 play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. The play replaced the former popular use of the word "automaton" with the word "robot." In the play, the robots overthrow their human creators! Hmmm ...
Today, the robot revolution is here, changing how we live, for better or worse. Careful, folks. Skynet is smiling.
For more on the history of retro robots, click the robot!