Ever since watching the opening sequence of the first Terminator movie in 1984, in which autonomous battlebots relentlessly and remorselessly hunt down a pesky band of cockroach-like humans who refuse to be eradicated from what’s left of the Earth, the mad scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration have been racing to beat the movie’s date of 2029 for the ultimate man-machine showdown.
Perpaps starting to panic a little–with only 24 years to go, no credible unstoppable AI-driven land-based deathmachines on the horizon and a whole world to destroy–the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) challenged itself to “think outside the box(sm)” and so opened up the competitionto universities, entrepeneurs and even people who have no known connection to Haliblurton, Lockheed or Raytheon.
Alas for the military-industrial complex, the robots all
It’s not hard to understand that geeks from all over were attracted to the DARPA “Grand Challenge” to build an autonmous vehicle that could make it on its own from Barstow to Nevada. Doubtless many of these geeks were dismayed that none of the entrants made it more than seven miles along the 150 mile route.
True technoparanoiacs, however, were heartened and had a nice laugh whilst reading their newspaper over a nice cup of coffee this morning. Between this story and the continuing follies of the Loebner Competition, we have that much more time for John Connor to complete his training.