Are you worried about a robot apocalypse? No? Well, maybe you should be. This week Elon Musk tweeted about the future of robots and turns out it’s probably not going to be all helpful Rosie the Robots vacuuming our space pods and packing our food capsule lunches. It’s going to be much, much scarier.
In the video, the robot, built by Boston Dynamics, can be seen jumping on top of a series of elevated boxes and doing backflips like he regularly attends Cyborg CrossFit. Medina captioned it “we dead” because it’s terrifying, and basically makes it clear there’s now no doubt the robot uprising in upon us.
Musk — of Tesla and SpaceX fame — is the co-founder and chairman of OpenAI, a nonprofit research company working to build safe artificial intelligence, posted this response to the tweet:
“This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will move so fast you’ll need a strobe light to see it. Sweet dreams…”
Look at this robot who can dance better than you or anyone you know.
For instance, last year, researchers at the University of Toronto tried to teach an AI called “neural karaoke” how to write a Christmas song by playing it carols and showing it Christmas images. What it came up with was frankly bone-chilling. Well, kind of bone-chilling but also somehow kind of catchy? Wait, is this how the robots gain control?
Like this Twitter bot @Botston that writes and sings new lyrics to the Gaston song from “Beauty and the Beast.”
Many robots’ abilities have already surpassed humans’ abilities to perform the same task. The robot that can jump on top of boxes and do backflips like a pro is called Atlas. Boston Dynamics says that in addition to giving Olympic gymnasts a run for their money, Atlas can do all sorts of things like shutting off valves, opening doors, and operating power equipment. You know, basically anything a serial killer in a ’80s teen slasher movie can do.
Like Spot, their lightest and quietest robot, who is actually super cute and maybe would make an adorable pet? Wait, no, it’s happening again. This is definitely how they gain control!
Musk thinks robots need to be regulated by the government before they get too intelligent and powerful. In a speech to the National Governors Association, he said:
“I have exposure to the most cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned by it. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not — they were harmful to a set of individuals within society, of course, but they were not harmful to society as a whole.”
We’ve been warned of our robot overloads. Movies like “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Terminator,” and “Blade Runner” are all about how robots could one day turn against us. But also there’s “WALL-E,” in which robots are adorable and fall in love, so who can really say it’ll all be bad?
For all the CrossFitting turbo robots who will surely one day rule us all and make us their slaves, some of them are still really bad at stuff.