These two separate stories about General Motor’s new robot and the Pentagon breeding immortal “synthetic organisms” with a molecular kill switch have nothing to do with one another, per say, but it’s just more evidence to the contrary that the inevitable robot take over is going to happen sooner, rather than later.
“As part of its budget for the next year, Darpa is investing $6 million into a project called BioDesign, with the goal of eliminating ‘the randomness of natural evolutionary advancement.’ The plan would assemble the latest bio-tech knowledge to come up with living, breathing creatures that are genetically engineered to ‘produce the intended biological effect.’ Darpa wants the organisms to be fortified with molecules that bolster cell resistance to death, so that the lab-monsters can ‘ultimately be programmed to live indefinitely.'”
That plus limber robots plus artificial intelligence equals a scary notion. No, just kidding. I honestly am looking forward to the day when all of these things fall into place.