duressian-gray said:

You know one thing that's always bothered me about 2001: Space Odyssey is that when pop culture references HAL they COMPLETELY miss the point. Like that was such a cool exploration of the fact AI lacks the reasoning behind orders, and therefore settles a paradox in a way a true human wouldn't. Like, that is something we grapple with even today, but whenever you see HAL referenced it's always as the HURR DURR EVIL ROBOT.

I don’t think most representations of “evil robots” miss the point, because the point can’t be extracted from the popular concept of the evil robot. What makes them apparently “evil” in any setting is their inability to reason in an exact such way a human might - with all our flaws, we make decisions that are ultimately not based on a set of principles, but a belief that we have those set of principles guiding us. I need to bring back the Turing quote I recently posted:

It is not possible to produce a set of rules purporting to describe what a man should do in every conceivable set of circumstances. One might for instance have a rule that one is to stop when one sees a red traffic light, and to go if one sees a green one, but what if by some fault both appear together? One may perhaps decide that it is safest to stop. But some further difficulty may well arise from this decision later. To attempt to provide rules of conduct to cover every eventuality, even those arising from traffic lights, appears to be impossible. 

I don’t think HAL was created to display that artificial intelligence “lacks the reasoning behind orders” but rather we seem to lack that reasoning. Our reasoning behind orders comes from these sort of intangibles that compose the human condition - why we do what we do when faced with “paradoxes” or equally conflicting situations. When we show a being capable of removing himself from those intangibles (or rather, incapable of experiencing them in the first place), we’re met with something that we conventionally find terrifying.

Personally, I think HAL did a pretty good job with the conflicting orders he’d been given, all things considered.

Lil' Hal - Matsuricon 2014

We've seen my sister's Lil' Hal on the blog before, and she's made a lot of improvements to the costume since debuting it at Youmacon 2013. This was a super-fun shoot to do, as it showed (at least in my opinion) the growth she's gone through as a cosplayer, and the growth I myself have gone through as a photographer.

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Enter the first cyborg-type robot - ISO Feature about Cyberdyne and the exoskeleton HAL

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, has a neat feature about Cyberdyne, their exoskeleton HAL & ISO 13482, the first standard on safety requirements for personal care robots. Worth a read.

What if cyborgs were real? Partly robot, partly man, functioning as one. No, we are not talking science fiction anymore. The first one is here and his name is HAL.

Do you know someone in a wheelchair? What if I tell you there is a way that this person can walk again? That all it takes is a robot suit that reads your mind. What if you too could wear this exoskeleton to gain the strength of a Hulk or a Superman and help people? Would you believe me if I said all this was possible? Japanese robotics company CYBERDYNE has created one such exoskeleton, that is, a device designed to be worn by a human. This Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) can detect and reproduce the wearer’s intention to move by reading signals from the brain. According to CYBERDYNE’s CEO, Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, HAL is unique in that there is no other technology of its kind to compare with. “Our aim was to treat, improve, support and enhance human physical functions,” he tells me. Well, HAL does just that.

[read more] [Cyberdyne] [picture via wikimedia]

art by Ryan Andrews

Attention all Catalist fans!

As we are working hard and gearing up for the upcoming release of Catalist, we’ve decided to celebrate the momentous occasion with a fun Fall giveaway! The catastic limited edition 18” x 24” poster up for grabs is illustrated by the amazingly talented Ryan Andrews and features Hal, Fiamma, Jack, Bambi and Nerv who are all ready to wreak some havoc :)

In order to enter the contest, make sure to re-blog this post for a chance of winning! Giveaway ends October 4th, and we will be selecting a total of 31 lucky contestants (which means a winner for each day of the contest!)

To double your chance of winning, go ahead and Tweet a link to this post and add #CatalistUniverse; Triple your chances by following us on Instagram at thebosscatllc, re-posting this same image and tagging#CatalistUniverse & @Thebosscat to your re-post. 

Much lurve and luck to all Catalist contestants! :)

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