Sessler's Soapbox: Welcome Our Robot Overlords

Posted: February 22, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Welcome Our Robot Overlords
Adam discusses Watson, Deep Blue, and all the other computer A.I.s we've enjoyed competing against over the years.

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  • vismortis

    I guess we should all polish our pickaxes and hard hats so we are ready when the robot overlords send us to endlessly toil in their diamond mines.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 7:07 PM
  • SecretAsian

    i love the idea of computers knowing that they're better than us. That's one of the reasons i love GLaDOS so much.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 7:02 PM
  • Shuklar

    Nothing to worry about. Andy Richter killed Watson after it had its way with his wife.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 5:25 PM
  • Notafanboythatiknow

    Well said Mr. Sessler, "social blackmail." I also prefer single player experiences. I am not very at games, and because of that I feel that playing online multiplayer is suicide if you are not great.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 5:17 PM
  • defiredude

    Mr.Sessler I love you <3

    Posted: February 22, 2011 5:04 PM
  • mcguinness

    it's kind of terrifying to think that as AI in games becomes more advanced, we're essentially training computers to kill us. and they keep getting better at it.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 5:04 PM
  • San_Pato

    I think you nailed it when you said you grew up playing single player. I remember waking up one Christmas and Santa had left an NES for me and my brothers. I've been hooked on gaming ever since. Muti-player gaming was unheard of to me until I saw it as an option on DOOM, though none of my friends had a computer, so I never got to try it out. Later in life, I got Medal of Honor and Team Fortress on my PC and spent many o nights playing capture the flag. Eventually, I got bored of that though and went back to single player. Now, when I play mulit-player I will have fun for a couple of hours, then move on. I bought TF2 finally on steam a couple of months ago and played one night with a buddy, and have actually deleted it since. For me, I always fall back to what I grew up with. Sitting in my room in the dark (these days with a choice beverage) and playing a game for the challenge of eventually seeing that end screen. That being said, I do play a F2P MMO a lot, when I'm not in the mood for any games in my library. However, even then I'm pretty anti-social and play on a PvE server and usually have squad invites set to auto decline.

    I bought an elite 360 and gave my nephew (who is in high school) my first one. He pretty much got a job just so he could get xbox live and play FPS games online. If he keeps playing games as he gets older, he may play a single player game once in a while, but he will probably always fall back to multi-player, cause that is what he originally started gaming for and got his first gaming enjoyment from.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 4:26 PM
  • FuzzofPekinopolis

    The day that one sentient robot creates another sentient robot without any human interaction, is the day that I will start to feel concerned. Until then we must do our best to walk the fine line without getting pulled over to the dark side. Humanity as a whole cannot exist without humans. Technology should help us and entertain us, not own us. In the future I want tech to do what it is doing now, only better.

    We get beat by robots every day, COD Combat Training is probably one of the hardest P vs Ai games I have ever played. It might not be able to talk to you but will pown you on hardened difficulty. So a computer playing chess or Jeopardy does not surprise me in the least. But can it fix it's circuits when they overload? NOPE, only a human can do that for now.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 3:40 PM
  • AngelsandDemons

    you can take out the computer all you want....there's nothing like an intimate encounter on multiplayer to humble your true abilities....one shouldn't fear that Sess...one should never fear defeat

    Posted: February 22, 2011 3:32 PM
  • dingdongyo

    1) disagree. i think the fun of a single-player game is to be able to recognize patterns and flaws inherent in a system that cannot think fully for itself. it's a different experience entirely. i play multi-player games to compete. i play single player games to experience a story, or just have fun dominating the crap out of something and pretending its not a waste of time.

    2) am i taking you too literally? you just said you were an only child, but i thought you played ghosts n' goblins with your brother?

    Posted: February 22, 2011 3:19 PM
  • Mike17032

    My biggest problem with Mutlplayer in most top tier games is that it requires 6 months to get good enough to not get stomped over and over.

    I love multiplayer, but the time required to get good limits the number of games I am willing to invest the time in.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 3:13 PM
  • BobitoZ

    It will take a long time for AI to be regarded as sentient beings (technically and morally). Games will probably provide the bridge for us to cross when we get to that point.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 3:00 PM
  • Murdering Robot

    Don't fuss... the likelihood of robot overlords comes packaged with the far more appealing likelihood of sophisticated sexxxbots.

    Posted: February 22, 2011 2:54 PM
  • filchingfeline

    Games aside, this is all about synthesis. Everyone, mostly, recognizes that the human brain is the greatist invention of natural evolution. Although equating invention to natural evolution will probably cause some overly serious people to downrank or reply to this with drivel. I still find the fact more pressing, which is to say, no human invention to date allows us to interface directally with a computer. Sure, Watson is amazing, but you'd still have to program it and even worse you still have to, at best, use speach to interact with it.

    The future is very obvious though, so no need to panic. It won't be long at all until our human inventions equal those of nature and a synthesis happens. In 20 years true cyborgs, human brains in robot bodies, will be a reality we all deal with on an every day basis. Knowing this is going to happen and it's been known it would happen for a relatively long time. Allows us to realize that while the human form may change, while our capablities may improve, it's still very important to remember that people make mistakes or are flat out malicious.

    Considering we've survived over half a century since the invention of the nuclear (and it's more powerful brothers no one talks about) bomb. I think it's safe to say we'll continue to survive the coming cybernetic evolution. Furthermore, I believe the cybernetic revolution to be a key step in empowering humanity to finally stand a real chance of exploring the galaxy.

    So, while bad things will keep happening, I feel kind of excited knowing that if in the future a terrorist cyborg wants to blow up a stadium we'll have many more and much better trained cyborg SWAT members to bring them down.

    In all fairness, I'm sure some people will get the short end of the diode and to them, I can say now, at the very least you'll have AMAZING video games to play.

    (oh and if your a maroon who thinks this means people will live forever, there's probably no hope for you or your crazy brain.)

    Posted: February 22, 2011 2:53 PM
  • S_N_E_S

    Single player games can get so much deeper than multiplayers, save for WoW and such. Good Soapbox!

    Posted: February 22, 2011 2:40 PM
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    Posted: February 22, 2011 2:36 PM