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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 8:01 p.m. PST

"Military robots have always been pretty dumb. The PackBot the US Army uses for inspections and bomb disposal, for example, has practically no onboard intelligence and is piloted by remote control. What the Army has long wanted instead are intelligent robot teammates that can follow orders without constant supervision.

That is now a step closer. The Army's research lab has developed software that lets robots understand verbal instructions, carry out a task, and report back. The potential rewards are tremendous. A robot that can understand commands and has a degree of machine intelligence would one day be able to go ahead of troops and check for IEDs or ambushes. It could also reduce the number of human soldiers needed on the ground…"
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ninthdoc08 Nov 2019 6:19 p.m. PST

Despite its failings, I was young (early to mid 20s) when Space Above and Beyond came out. I still have very fond memories of that "world". I'm still waiting for the cliffhanger to be resolved, but since the last episode aired over 23 years ago, I don't think that I will be rewarded for my long vigil for satisfaction.

One of the factions in the series was known as the "Silicates". They were AI that were created by humans and revolted in a war that occurred prior to the opening of the series and they turn up about mid-season. Because they are actually a minor group of "baddies", this series actually has less to do with either version of BSG.

Anyway, the Silicates were programmed to be ruled by humans following their orders unconditionally. IIRC, they were corrupted by their creator who became frustrated and disenchanted over something. The corruption came as the introduction of a virus in their programming. That virus was composed of 3 words in English, "Take a chance."

They almost decimated the human race, but the humans, not learning from their first mistake, "grew" a new race of human clones to fight the Silicates for them, the In Vitroes. The In Vitroes once again are not treated equally in human society, just as the Silicates were not. The In Vitroes are readily noticeable by the fact that they have their navels on the backs of their necks and are referred to by humans with the slur "nipple necks".

In the series, every time the humans "play God" some unforeseen problem arises and the series delves into not only the main focus of the series: the war with the alien race, the "Chigs" as the humans call them because they have a similar appearance to chiggers, but also into the social issues created by humanity meddling into things like creating 2 new races.

Now that I think about it, the series really needs to be rebooted and updated. There is a lot of the morality and social insight from the original Star Trek series, but since it is more centered with the military actually serving as a military, it is much more relevant to today's audiences.

Okay, I said all that to say this: Bleeped text like this scares me.

Faux history lesson over. :)

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa09 Nov 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

Anyway, the Silicates were programmed to be ruled by humans following their orders unconditionally. IIRC, they were corrupted by their creator who became frustrated and disenchanted over something. The corruption came as the introduction of a virus in their programming. That virus was composed of 3 words in English, "Take a chance."

IIRC they liked to decide stuff on the role of a dice including sorting out which human family they wanted to kill in a terrorist attack… SAB was good (though the whole pilots as infantry-thing was a bit silly). Probably one of the best bits of Mil sci-fi ever made (certainly for TV).

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 11:14 a.m. PST

Agree.


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Lion in the Stars09 Nov 2019 12:27 p.m. PST

Yeah, I really liked S:AAB.

Too bad some idjit at FOX absolutely hates scifi and kept changing the show's time slot in an effort to kill the show via bad viewership numbers.

I think the pilots-as-grunts idea got 'acquired' by Pensacola: Wings of Gold.

ninthdoc09 Nov 2019 12:42 p.m. PST

@ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa –

Yes, I forgot to mention that they were total gambling addicts after the introduction of the virus. What's more they were in bad repair after being out in the "wild" (outside of of our solar system, in hiding and/or exile/seclusion), so they looked like android zombies, with wires all hanging out and all. :P

brave face09 Nov 2019 1:07 p.m. PST

I liked that show a lot (and dug on that Vansen). Always wished it had gone past the one season.

Oberlindes Sol LIC10 Nov 2019 2:14 a.m. PST

On robots that follow orders, let us always remember ED-209 and the unfortunate Mr. Kinney.

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