The coming parrot-robot apocalypse

December 11, 2012

We've posted a number of Lunch Break videos in the past about the latest breakthroughs in intelligent robots — robots that will undoubtedly kill us all some day. So it's only fair that we alert people to the possibility of a joint parrot-robot apocalypse situation:

As io9's George Dvorsky explains: "The latest experiment in animal/machine integration comes from an electrical and computer engineering student from the University of Florida who has designed and built a mobile robot that's controlled by his pet parrot, Pepper. The parrot has quickly taken to the machine, which it's able to control by manipulating a joystick with its beak."

This is just getting weird.

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Ezra Klein · December 11, 2012