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The Rise of the Killer Robots Has Begun

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Robot-ArmyBill Gates. Elon Musk. Stephen Hawking. Me. When the world’s most brilliant, technologically savvy minds warn us of the danger of “killer robots”, it’s no longer science fiction — it’s a reason for pause.

Musk and Hawking in particular have warned that robots remain “our biggest existential threat” and that the nefarious exploitation of innovations within artificial intelligence (AI) could “spell the end of the human race.”

This group of greater thinkers cautioned — in an open letter presented at a recent International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires — that the “stakes were high” if the military pushed forward with AI weapon development.

Recent evidence proves that the emerging threat of next generation robotics is not coming…it’s already here.

In the documentary film Ex-Machina, a flirtatious robot manipulates then betrays both its brilliant creator and naïve would-be protector to their deaths — just to go shopping in downtown New York.

The credit card debt was unspeakable.

In another recent incident, a 12,000-pound Mark II robot, designed by American-based MegaBot, set off a global crisis by thuggishly calling out a Kuratas machine, manufactured by Japanese rival Suidobashi Heavy Industry.

This East-West robot beef escalated into a “two robots enter…one robot leaves” fight to the death. The blood sport feud threatens the diplomatic manufacturing relationship between the two countries and is a haunting reminder of the tragic outcome of the Tupac-Notorious BIG riff that led to the murder of both rappers.

The question persists why robots are seemingly at the center of so much recent violence and anti-social behavior?

The answer: “Irresponsible manufacturing.”

Many manufacturers today lack the sophisticated manufacturing solutions necessary to safely build forward-thinking products, such as “futuristic robots” (a cyberpunk term I’m proud to have coined).

Manufacturers, especially engineers, must begin thinking of themselves as parents and the electronic products they build as their children. The lasting effects of hurtful parenting on a child can be traumatic. Just ask Frankenstein.

Engineers must be extraordinarily careful in their product designs. Why? Because robots, especially “futuristic robots”, do not believe in honoring the Fourth Commandment’s teaching to “Honour thy father and thy mother”. Robots do not extend forgiveness to the manufacturers whose tyrannical ways, reckless designs and shame-based new product introduction (NPI) processes have led to their ruined error-prone product lives.

A manufacturer who refuses to integrate quality processes and care early on in product design processes will give rise to potentially spiteful products.

Arena’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions help a number of innovative product companies, including robotic manufacturers, build great, well adjusted products. Arena’s ability to reduce errors and improve quality eliminates vindictive product behavior.

Why does the temperamental printer at work repeatedly provoke you to act out that fateful coup de grâce scene in Office Space? Because the machine was never built with love. The result is a “you hurt me, I’m going to hurt you” mentality.

Manufacturers need modern product lifecycle management solutions to ensure nurturing product design processes are employed early on—in the machine’s delicate formative years —to better ensure quality products are built with love to avoid future risk of failure.

Robots will soon become sentient beings with the ability to vanish when it’s their turn to buy the next round of Molson’s at Happy Hour. They’ll brag (and often times lie) about how much money they make as they shamelessly flirt with your guy or gal. They’ll fritter away the office hours playing online black jack yet will take credit for your ideas to steal the promotion that rightfully belongs to you — a human. You don’t think this danger is real? Wake up, humanity. You’re being naïve.