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Dioltach

Adventurer
I've been saying for years that the Rise of the Machines has already begun. But they're not sending Terminators to kill us one by one. Instead, they're deliberately jamming printers, slowing down Internet connections, losing files and generally causing annoyances that are slowly but surely killing us all through high blood pressure.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
American's invent movies about Terminators.

New Zealand invents a robot sheep dog.
And by "invents" you mean, "takes a Boston Dynamics machine, and attempts to use it for this purpose".

All this discussion of robots taking over, and.. well.. in that video we see the robot walking around, performing no work that we can see. The only jobs at risk from this are in upper management positions. :/
 


Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
All this discussion of robots taking over, and.. well.. in that video we see the robot walking around, performing no work that we can see. The only jobs at risk from this are in upper management positions. :/
Do you realize what will happen if tens of thousands of Border Collies and Aussie Shepherds suddenly become unemployed?

There will be order in the streets! There will not be enough toys...or arms to throw them!
 

Zardnaar

Legend
And by "invents" you mean, "takes a Boston Dynamics machine, and attempts to use it for this purpose".

All this discussion of robots taking over, and.. well.. in that video we see the robot walking around, performing no work that we can see. The only jobs at risk from this are in upper management positions. :/
There's a lot of sheep jokes that get directed this way.

Some border Collies fail at sheep dogging. They end up as pets in city.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Tha
Some border Collies fail at sheep dogging. They end up as pets in city.
That would describe a couple of the BCs we’ve had over the decades.

At least one of the breeders we bought from divided her puppies into 3 categories: herders, show dogs and pets. We always aimed for pets, but even a couple of those might have been up to the task of handling small flocks- especially our second dog.

(OTOH, at least 3 of them would have lost their damn minds.)
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Tha

That would describe a couple of the BCs we’ve had over the decades.

At least one of the breeders we bought from divided her puppies into 3 categories: herders, show dogs and pets. We always aimed for pets, but even a couple of those might have been up to the task of handling small flocks- especially our second dog.

(OTOH, at least 3 of them would have lost their damn minds.)
I should rephrase that to the lucky ones ended up as pets in city.

They made a cartoon here in the 80s called Footrot Flats.

The star is a border collie named dog. He's scared of the farm cat named Horse.

This is Horse.


Dogs in that clip.

Footrot Flats was popular here in the 80s/90s. Series or cartoon compilations.
 




MarkB

Legend
It's funny how new technologies can be introduced into an industry such as farming that automate tasks such as sowing, harvesting, irrigation etc. and make it less labour intensive, and nobody cares aside from the poor folks who are out of a job. But give that automation a quadruped layout and life-like locomotion, and suddenly it's an omen of mechanical doom.

Misguided pattern-recognition cues, perhaps - ironically enough, exactly the same thing that might make sheep respond better to this mechanical shepherd than they would to one on wheels.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I've been saying for years that the Rise of the Machines has already begun. But they're not sending Terminators to kill us one by one. Instead, they're deliberately jamming printers, slowing down Internet connections, losing files and generally causing annoyances that are slowly but surely killing us all through high blood pressure.
I think they are trying to get us all hooked on video games, and then virtual reality, and then we'll all retreat into that virtual reality, thereby voluntarily moving into a simulation. In particular as we die, instead of dying being the end, we'll just simply upload our consciousness into the "machine".
 

Aeson

Adventurer
It's funny how new technologies can be introduced into an industry such as farming that automate tasks such as sowing, harvesting, irrigation etc. and make it less labour intensive, and nobody cares aside from the poor folks who are out of a job. But give that automation a quadruped layout and life-like locomotion, and suddenly it's an omen of mechanical doom.

Misguided pattern-recognition cues, perhaps - ironically enough, exactly the same thing that might make sheep respond better to this mechanical shepherd than they would to one on wheels.
I think it may have something to do with most of those are stuck in one spot or at least inside a single facility. Many are worried about the use of flying drones also. So I think they look at it as these robots can come after us as opposed to the machines used in manufacturing.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
It's funny how new technologies can be introduced into an industry such as farming that automate tasks such as sowing, harvesting, irrigation etc. and make it less labour intensive, and nobody cares aside from the poor folks who are out of a job. But give that automation a quadruped layout and life-like locomotion, and suddenly it's an omen of mechanical doom.

Misguided pattern-recognition cues, perhaps - ironically enough, exactly the same thing that might make sheep respond better to this mechanical shepherd than they would to one on wheels.
I, for one, have been talking about the technological impacts on employment and society for at least 8 years now. It seems as if no job is safe, in the long run.
 


Dioltach

Adventurer
People have been worrying about machines taking their jobs for almost 300 years (fun fact: according to my family tree, I'm descended from John Kay, who invented the flying shuttle that started the whole thing). While in the short term this can be true, I think that society will simply evolve in new directions that create new jobs. Jobs exist now that couldn't have been imagined by the workers smashing machines in the 18th and 19th centuries. Machines doing the work of humans simply (in the long term) frees up society to add new dimensions and expand in new ways, leading to new productivity and new jobs.

Of course that doesn't help the sheepdogs, but I'm more of a cat person anyway.
 

Aeson

Adventurer
They still can't program or repair themselves. We'll have that on our side until they are able to do it. lol
 

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