Yesterday, I wrote about worrisome technology and how, with just a pile of Legos, our phones could take over the world. As if that weren’t bad enough, now we have to worry about their attitudes.
At Carnegie Mellon University, a robotics professor along with his students have developed a robot that plays Scrabble. Normally when a robot like this is created, it is developed to be the most efficient robot at that particular activity. In this case, it’s a bit different.
This robot was only developed to be rude.
According to Time.com, the robot will verbally abuse its opponents by saying things like “I can’t believe your feeble mind was able to play that word” and “If I had $1 for every good word I played, I would still hate you.”
Apparently robotics professor Reid Simmons thought that robots lacked an appropriate amount of hubris. In fact, the robot can’t even play strategically. Its only purpose in life is to trash talk.
As a sarcasm and rude comment expert, I am concerned about what this means for the future of rudeness. This was a category that I thought humans would control forever, but now the robots are even taking this. When they take over the entire planet, instead of destroying mankind peacefully, they’ll be rubbing it our faces.
Please, science, I beg you to stop. Don’t let the robots take anything else from us. We have so little left.