Researchers develop an algorithm that tells robots where humans are going...
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So, admittedly, this technological advance, on the prima facia, is quite benign and seemingly unobtrusive, to perhaps being even beneficial.

But it is also a harbinger of how far science has come in the advance of understanding the human being and all the intricacies of what it means to be "human", even down to subtle movements we may make, without even perceiving we are making them. These 'advances' have great applications that can benefit human existence, but could also, in the wrong human hands (although there are now robots that can build other robots and reprogram them as their memories evolve along with their abilities in general), make robots human killing machines, without pause or hesitation. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics sound great, but are a work of fiction and as Brookings posits, are wrong, or at least, inapplicable.

So, if there is no feasible method to limit robotic development to not harm humans in the absolute, then there is a risk of we humans, at some point, being targets of devices we cannot control and that would be quite coldly deadly. Its not a prediction, but a rational summation of facts.

Add to the mix, that researchers have found a commonality in Artificial Intelligence, that in the end, AI will kill humans, much like what Elon Musk warned.



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Researchers develop an algorithm that tells robots where humans are going: Tool can soon allow humans and robots to work in a factory setting… or someday hunt us like prey | The Common Sense Show
Lance D Johnson

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been working alongside auto manufacturing company BMW to develop an algorithm that tells robots how to predict human movement and how to respond accordingly.

Factory workers are beginning to work in close proximity to robots. Researchers are trying to enhance the efficiency of robots so that they can work alongside humans and judge their movements with precision. By anticipating human movements, robots will be able to complete tasks faster.

Algorithm allows robots to predict human movements, beneficial for factory settings

In factory tests, robots were tasked with delivering parts between work stations. Occasionally a human worker crossed the robot’s path. The robot, programmed to stop if a person passes by, would often freeze too soon, long before a person crossed its path. When a new trajectory alignment algorithm was put in place, the robot became braver and its motion predicting software became more precise. With the upgraded algorithm, the robots could accurately predict where a person was headed and could anticipate how long the person would remain in the projected path. The robot began to accurately predict how long it takes a person to stop and when they might double back across the robot’s intended path.

The MIT researchers found a way to accurately align partial trajectories in real time. The motion detectors not only sensed movement but they could accurately predict the timing of a person’s movement. When the enhancements were applied on the BMW factory floor, the robots gained tremendous judgment and skill, rolling through their movements without hesitation or stall. When human workers doubled back across a robot’s path, the robot had already predicted the movement and was already safely out of the way and still performing tasks. 

 “This algorithm builds in components that help a robot understand and monitor stops and overlaps in movement, which are a core part of human motion,” says Julie Shah, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. “This technique is one of the many ways we’re working on robots better understanding people.”

The motion prediction can also be used as a pre-processing step for other interactions between humans and robots such as action recognition and gesture detection. The algorithms will enable robots to recognize human movements and human behaviors, allowing robots to respond and make critical judgments about human interactions.

An algorithm like this could, one day, allow robots to hunt us down like prey

If an algorithm can train a robot to predict human movement and clear a human’s path, then that same programming can be used for more nefarious purposes. As militaries adopt artificial intelligence into their ranks, predicting human movement on the battlefield becomes a sincere field of study for strategists. Obstructing a human’s path with lethal robots becomes the end game. As researchers continue to advance robots to “better understand people,” one must wonder how this could hurt us all in the end. An algorithm that helps robots sense human movement and predict a person’s next course of action could be used on the battlefield to take out entire armies of people. Political dissidents will readily be cornered and taken out by a small fleet of robots operated by an all-powerful government. Assassins could use these algorithms to predict their target’s next move, sending in sophisticated robots to do their killing.

As humans and robots integrate, it won’t be long before these algorithms are used to control people and carry out unspeakable acts of terror and bloodshed. For more on this topic, check out Robotics.News.

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Human nature being what it is this sort of technology WILL be abused and used against the masses by whoever happens to be in power.  

As much as I enjoy a lot of tech because I admire the intellectual side of it I find myself thinking the world would be a better, more holistic and wholesome place if the bulk of us lived an agrarian existence free from it all, and tied more to the rhythm of seasons both natural and liturgical. It's why I admire the old believers, at least in their ideals.  

I think within the next decade or two the only safe havens for people will end up being way off the grid, away from big tech and it's all seeing eyes.
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