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SCIENTISTS FINALLY MAKE A SMART MOVE BY GIVING ROBOTS BEE BRAINS RATHER THAN HUMAN ONES
October 3 2012
Sheffield, U.K. – Throughout the years there have been many nightmare scenarios depicted in fiction that show the world being dominated and controlled by evil, malevolent, and very self-aware robots, the types of things that inspire a very keen awareness of the dangers of technology.
We are not, at least yet, anywhere near such advances. In fact the smartest robots in the world right now are barely able to toast bread with explicit instructions so the idea that they will someday soon plot against us and destroy all life on the planet is, at best, a far-fetched concept.
However researchers are working on that very thing, hoping to make robots much smarter and eventually embed them with some of the same traits that human beings have, albeit it with indestructible bodies and incredible strength, a mix that could well lead to the apocalypse we have all been dreading and the eventual end of humanity, Luckily some scientists are no so eager to send humanity into that long goodnight and have instead decided to make robots with the intelligence of bees, something that will most certainly make the robots jerks but not bent on world destruction, we hope at least.
“Because the honey bee brain is smaller and more accessible than any vertebrate brain, we hope to eventually be able to produce an accurate and complete model that we can test within a flying robot,” said lead researcher Dr. James Marshall.
The tests will presumably force the flying killer robots to huddle around a Queen robot and make oil.
It’s not clear if such a brain would be able to be transplanted into larger flying robots, say the size of drones, or actual drones, which of course would end up being a serious problem.
“On the surface this is a great advance because it will allow us to push the technology forward without risking, at least immediately, the end of all humanity but like all technology as it improves it will become more pervasive and ultimately much deadlier and that is a bad thing. It’s good that they will have bug brains for now but what if those bugs grow up?” said Scrape TV Science analyst Dr. Howard Poe. “That is a serious concern. After all bees are jerks and killer robots are jerks and when you fuse those two things you could very well have a recipe for disaster on scale that we could not have possibly imagined. Perhaps we should just get rid of robots entirely.”
It’s not clear how large a Queen killer robot would be, but large and likely nasty.
“I personally do not want to meet my end at the hands of a killer robot. The last thing I want is to have the life choked out of me by some pneumatically controlled grip of steel, well at least that is one of the last things I want. These bee robots would preclude that but I don’t know that what we would be getting would be much better,” continued Poe. “I think that all of this is just dangerous technology and we should really start reconsidering what we are doing with it and why we are doing it. Bees are jerks, robots are jerks, and humans are jerks so all of this is just a disaster waiting to happen really.”
It’s believed likely that the researchers will be the first to die because monsters always turn on their creators first.
Anna Phillips, Science Correspondent