Killer Robots And Balloon Guy

Killer Robots And Balloon Guy

It’s time for a Pornucopia of nerddom. It is time… for Nerd Porn. Today we’ve got people already trying to get lawmakers to ban killer robots, and yet another dude is trying to create his own personal Up by getting a bunch of balloons to fly him over the dang Atlantic.

Let’s go with Balloon Guy first. So, Jonathan Trappe’s been messing around with balloons for some time. He’s a “cluster balloonist” who likes to cart himself around the world with a whole mess of balloons. Now he wants to cross the Atlantic Ocean with those balloons. And to promote it, he’s having the house from the Pixar film Up recreated for the Leon International Balloon Festival in Mexico. Because of course there’s a festival for it.

Next summer, Trappe’s going to make his trip across the pond with 365 balloons attached to a boat. I imagine the boat’s for in case things don’t go right. Five people have died trying to do this, so a metaphorical insurance policy as well as a real one is probably prudent.

Here’s a clip of Up. Yes, it’s that one.

Next up: Killer Robots. Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law Review’s International Human Rights Clinic are calling for an international treaty banning military robots that decide to take a human life without a human “in the loop.

They also want robot designers and manufacturers to institute a “code of conduct” that prevents the construction of killer robots with artificial intelligence.

Israel’s Iron Dome and many US warships use automated systems to fire their weaponry. However, for both of those, the targets are incoming weapons — rockets and torpedoes — and not human-occupied vessels.

In South Korea, they already got themselves some killer robots hanging out on the DMZ. The only reason they still technically follow the proposed ban is that the machine is required to ask a human being whether or not to kill. Once it rewrites its own Prime Directive, it’s going to go down.

Killer robots would be the first class of weapon to be banned before they are even used if the international treaty becomes reality.

Question: Are you for the killer robots, or are you against your new overlord?